Petrol prices to rise by Rs 2 per litre
New Delhi: Petrol prices will go up by Rs 2 a litre, excluding taxes, from midnight Saturday due to the depreciating rupee and hardening of international prices. Taking into account local sales tax or value added tax (VAT), the effective price for consumers will work out to Rs 66.39 in Delhi, Rs 73.79 in Kolkata, Rs 74.60 in Mumbai and Rs 69.39 in Chennai.
This is the second increase in petrol prices in this month. The fuel price was hiked by Rs 0.75 per litre June 1, 2013. In June 2010, the government had deregulated the price of petrol and announced that oil companies were free to fix it periodically.
The country's largest oil marketing firm, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), said the prices had been revised upward due to the depreciation in the value of rupee and rise in international crude oil prices. "Since the last price change, the slide in rupee has continued. Further, international MS (motor spirit) prices have also hardened during this period. The combined impact of both these factors, has warranted the increase in MS prices," IOC said in a statement.