Prices of petrol and diesel remained unchanged on Wednesday, according to price notification by Indian Oil. Petrol was pegged at Rs 76.38 a litre and diesel at Rs 71.27 per litre in Delhi. Meanwhile, in Mumbai, petrol was being sold for Rs 81.90 per litre and diesel at Rs 74.66. The prices of petrol and diesel in Kolkata were Rs 78.33 and Rs 73.13, respectively. In Chennai, the prices were pegged at Rs 79.31 and Rs 75.31, respectively. The past two weeks have provided some relief to consumers battered by two months of relentless rate hikes.
Rates have been on the decline since October 18. This has wiped out all of the price hike on petrol in two months beginning August 16 and more than half on diesel.
The reduction in diesel rates has been slower due to moderate fall in its benchmark international prices, according to oil company price notifications.
Petrol price had touched a record high of Rs 84 per litre in Delhi and Rs 91.34 in Mumbai on October 4. Diesel on that day had peaked to an all-time high of Rs 75.45 a litre in Delhi and Rs 80.10 in Mumbai.
Prices had started to climb from August 16. Petrol in Delhi was priced at Rs 77.14 per litre and in Mumbai it cost Rs 84.58 on August 15. Diesel on that day was priced at Rs 68.72 per litre in Delhi and at Rs 72.96 in Mumbai.
Between August 16 and October 4, petrol price was hiked by Rs 6.86 per litre and diesel by Rs 6.73.
On October 4, the government decided to cut excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 1.50 per litre each and asked state-owned fuel retailers to subsidise the price by another Re 1 a litre by reducing their margins. Subsequent to this, the petrol price came down to Rs 81.50 per litre in Delhi and diesel to Rs 72.95 a litre on October 5. In Mumbai, rates fell to Rs 86.97 per litre for petrol and Rs 77.45 in case of diesel.
Before the price cut, petrol in Delhi had hit an all-time high of Rs 84 per litre while diesel was at record Rs 75.45. This came down to Rs 81.50 per litre for petrol and Rs 72.95 in case of diesel.