Kundan Singh, New Delhi: Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, there is news of some relief for the common people on the inflation front. There is no increase in the price of petrol and diesel today.
Significantly, petrol and diesel prices have been steadily increasing since the assembly elections held in five states. After the elections, petrol became costlier by 3.61 paise per liter within 16 days, while the price of diesel increased by Rs 4.11 per liter.
Government oil companies on Friday increased the price of petrol by 28 paise and the price of diesel by 26 paisa per liter. With this increase, the price of petrol in the country's financial capital Mumbai went above 100 rupees. On the other hand, it had already crossed 100 in Sriganganagar in Rajasthan and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.
Today, there has been no change in the prices of petrol and diesel. Even today, petrol in Delhi is priced at Rs 93.94 per liter and diesel is priced at Rs 84.89 per liter. Whereas, Mumbaikars today have to spend Rs 100.19 for a liter of petrol. Diesel price here is Rs 92.17 per liter.
In Kolkata today, the price of petrol is Rs 93.97 and the price of diesel is Rs 87.74 per liter. Petrol in Chennai is priced at Rs 95.51 and diesel is priced at Rs 89.65 per liter.
Why are petrol and diesel becoming so expensive?
Regarding the rising price of petrol and diesel, experts say that crude oil is becoming increasingly expensive at the international market. That is why the prices of petrol and diesel are increasing in the domestic market.
The base price of petrol and diesel is now close to Rs 33. But the central and state governments impose their own separate taxes which takes the price to 100 rupees.