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Petrol and diesel costs to go up by Rs 3

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New Delhi, May 3 (UNI) The Government is expected to announce a hike in petrol and diesel prices by Rs 2 to Rs 3 next week.

The hike has been prompted by oil firms continuing to lose around Rs 10 a litre due to rising global prices with under-recoveries totalling Rs 57,000 crore.

Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram had indicated in Coimbatore yesterday that a fuel price hike was unavoidable.

State-owned oil marketing companies have been selling petrol below the imported cost. Petrol was being sold at Rs 9.34 a litre below imported cost, while diesel was being sold at a loss of Rs 10.43 a litre.

Kerosene was being sold at a loss of Rs 16.78 per litre and LPG at Rs 220 per cylinder.

Due to the non-revision of retail prices of petroleum products, the under-recoveries has been estimated at Rs 57,000 crore by the oil marketing companies--Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation--in 2006-07.

UNI/RT PV KP1644

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