Petrol price hiked by 60 paise per litre, diesel by 50 paise
Feb 28 2014 , New Delhi
The hikes, effective from midnight tonight, are excluding local sales tax or VAT and actual increase will be higher and will vary from city to city.
Petrol price, which was last hiked by 91 paise on January 4, will cost Rs 73.16 a litre in Delhi from midnight tonight, up 73 paise from Rs 72.43 at present.
In Mumbai, the fuel will cost Rs 82.07 a litre as against Rs 81.31 at present.
The price of diesel in Delhi will be hiked by 57 paise, including tax, to Rs 55.48 per litre, while it will cost Rs 63.86 a litre in Mumbai as against Rs 63.23 at present.
Announcing the price hike, Indian Oil Corp, the nation's largest fuel retailer, said petrol price has been hiked because international oil rates have risen and rupee depreciated against US dollar, making imports costlier.
The diesel price increase is in line with the January 2013 decision of the government to raise rates by up to 50 paise per month till such time that the entire losses on the fuel are wiped out, and prices made market determined.
IOC said even after the 14th price hike since January 2013, the oil companies are incurring Rs 8.37 per litre loss on sale of the fuel.
Since January 2013, diesel rates have risen by a cumulative Rs 8.33.
Besides diesel, oil firms are losing Rs 36.34 a litre on sale of kerosene through public distribution system (PDS) and Rs 605.50 on every 14.2-kg domestic cooking gas (LPG).