New Delhi, Sep 24 : Fuel prices in the country touched new heights on Monday morning, especially in Mumbai, as the petrol price in the metropolitan city crossed Rs 90 per litre, while the price in Delhi is Rs 82.72.There are reports that in Patna, petrol is being sold at Rs 91.96/litre , the highest price in the country and diesel at Rs 79.68/litre.
Petrol and Diesel prices in Mumbai are Rs.90.08 per litre and Rs.78.58 per litre, respectively.
Petrol and Diesel prices in Delhi are Rs.82.72 per litre and Rs.74.02 per litre, respectively.
The West Bengal government on September 11 reduced the excise on petrol and diesel by Re 1 per litre each last week. Similarly, the Karnataka government had also announced that the petrol and diesel prices across the state would be cheaper by Rs 2 per litre each, following the reduction in cess on these fuels.
Since the start of the calendar year, the petrol price in Delhi has gone up by over 15 per cent from Rs 69.97 on January 1, 2018. The hike in diesel price has been even more steep. It has gone up by more than 22 per cent since January 1 when it cost Rs 59.70.
While the Opposition has blamed the Modi government for not doing enough to keep a check on prices, the latter has maintained that global crude oil prices and other international factors are causing a hike in prices of petroleum products.
Meanwhile, Department of Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg on Friday said that discussions are taking place with the United States regarding reduction of oil imports from Iran.
“We are in talks with the USA and they told us to reduce the import from Iran significantly. We have done that to some extent. As clarity in the situation emerges, steps will be taken accordingly by the government by November 4,” he told .
Garg also said that if needed, discussions will be held on trading of oil in terms of the Indian Rupee.