Published On: Wed, Mar 16th, 2016

Petrol, Diesel prices to shootup from 17th March onwards

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Petrol Price Hiked By Rs. 3.07/Litre, Diesel goes up by Rs. 1.90/Litre

Petrol price was on Wednesday raised by Rs. 3.07 per litre, while diesel price was hiked by Rs. 1.90 per litre in Delhi. The revised prices will be effective midnight.

After today’s revision, a litre of petrol in Delhi will cost Rs. 59.68, while diesel will retail at Rs. 48.33/litre, said Indian Oil Corporation, the country’s largest retailer. Petrol price in Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai will cost Rs. 63.76, Rs. 65.79 and Rs. 59.13 a litre respectively.

In the previous revision on February 29, petrol prices were cut, though diesel was made more expensive. Petrol and diesel prices are deregulated in India, which means they are linked to market rates.

Oil prices in India are influenced by global rates as well as the exchange rate. Global crude prices have been on the rise ahead of a key meeting of oil producers meet next month that will discuss a proposal to freeze output.

The rupee, which had pulled back below 67 per dollar, has also lost ground. However, it closed higher at 67.22 per dollar today.

State-owned fuel retailers IOC, Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) revise rates of the fuels on the 1st and 16th of every month based on average oil price and foreign exchange rate in the preceding fortnight.

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