New Delhi: Petrol prices in Mumbai rose to Rs 107.54 per litre on Thursday, touching another record high figure after fuel rates were hiked again.
The price of diesel in Mumbai was Rs 97.45 per litre. Petrol prices were hiked by up to 35 paise whereas diesel prices were increased by 15 paise.
In Delhi, the retail price of both petrol and diesel stood at Rs 101.54 per litre and Rs 89.87 per litre respectively.
As for Bhopal, petrol prices soared to Rs 109.89 per litre and diesel costs Rs 98.67 per litre. West Bengal’s Kolkata reported Rs 101.74 per litre for petrol and Rs 93.02 per litre for diesel.
Rates have been increased across the country and differ from state to state depending on the incidence of value-added tax.
Meanwhile, Congress has decided to launch a 10-day nationwide agitation against inflation from July 7. Several political parties have protested against the increasing fuel prices across the country. Political leaders including BSP chief Mayawati, Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee have raised concerns over the rising fuel prices and demanded its reduction.
As fuel prices climbed to a record high, India’s new Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday began dialling oil-producing nations to impress upon them for a need to make prices affordable for consumers.
Puri, who last week called Energy Minister of Qatar, on Wednesday dialled his counterpart in the UAE, Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber.
“Conveyed my desire to work closely with UAE and other friendly countries to bring a sense of calm, predictability and realism among other suppliers in the energy market to make it more affordable for consumers,” Puri tweeted.
Conveyed my desire to work closely with UAE and other friendly countries to bring a sense of calm, predictability and realism among other suppliers in the energy market to make it more affordable for consumers.
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) July 14, 2021
The rebound in international oil prices from lows hit in May on the back of demand recovery has sent petrol and diesel rates to a record high in India. Petrol has crossed the Rs-100-a-litre mark in more than one and a half dozen states and union territories, while diesel is being sold at over Rs 100 a litre in Maharshtra, Rajasthan and Odisha.
(With inputs from ANI and PTI)