New Delhi: After a relentless 16 days back to back price hike of petrol and diesel, Wednesday brought slight relief in price where petrol by 60 paisa to Rs 77.83 and diesel by 56 paisa to Rs 68.75 in Delhi.
Wednesday price of petrol price in Kolkata is Rs 71.30, down by 56 paisa; in Mumbai Rs 73.20, lower by 59 paisa and in Chennai Rs 72.58, down by 60 paisa. Diesel too has come down by 56 paisa to Rs 68.75 in Delhi.
Petrol and diesel prices vary from state to state due to local taxes. On Tuesday, the fuel prices touched an all-time high due to spike in international crude oil. However, international crude prices were down on Tuesday after Saudi Arabia and Russia said that they were ready to ease supply curbs that have pushed crude prices to their highest since 2014.
India sources about 86 per cent of crude oil, 75 per cent of natural gas and 95 per cent of LPG from OPEC member countries. In all, India imports 80 per cent of its crude oil requirement and any increase in prices in the global market leads to an increase in the price of petrol, diesel and LPG.
The public anger was rising over incessant price hike for over 15 days. The opposition parties and the farmers have threatened the government of protest if it does not cut the excise duty or bring the petroleum products under the GST. Currently, the Centre levies Rs 19.48 excise duty on petrol and Rs 15.33 on diesel. The government will lose Rs 10,725 crore revenue for every Rs 1 cut in central excise duty.
India has the highest retail prices of petrol and diesel among South Asian nations as taxes account for half of the pump rates.