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Petrol Price Eased by 4 Paise, Diesel Down by 3 Paise


NEW DELHI: Petrol price was today slashed by a marginal four paise a litre and diesel by three paise a litre as the government raised excise duty to deny consumers full benefit of falling international oil prices.

Now petrol in Delhi would be available for Rs. 59.95 per litre as against Rs. 59.99 earlier. For diesel, one has to shell out Rs. 44.68 for a litre as compared to Rs. 44.71 previously, according to Indian Oil Corp (IOC).

The reduction should have been Rs. 1.04 per litre in petrol and Rs. 1.53 in diesel because of a USD 4 per barrel fall in international rates in the last fortnight. But the government on the eve of the due price revision on Sunday raised excise duty on petrol by Re one per litre and that on diesel by Rs. 1.50.

This is the third increase in excise duty in a month, which will get Rs. 3,200 crore in additional revenue to the government during the remainder of the current fiscal.

Taken together with the two excise duty hikes in November and December 2015, the government is expected to get Rs. 17,000 crore in additional revenue. The five levy hikes total to Rs. 4.02 per litre on petrol and Rs. 6.97 on diesel.

Petrol price should have been Rs. 55.93 a litre and diesel at Rs. 37.71 if the excise duties were not hiked on the five occasions.

The reduction in auto fuel prices today was the fifth cut in two months on back of softening global oil prices.

Rates were last cut by 32 paise a litre for petrol and 85 paise for diesel from January 16. Prior to that, rates were slashed by 63 paise on petrol and Rs. 1.06 on diesel on January 1. In two reductions in December, prices were cut by Rs. 1.08 on petrol and 71 paise on diesel.

State-owned fuel retailers like Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) revise rates of the fuel on first and 16th of every month based on average oil price and foreign exchange rate in the preceding fortnight.


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