Petrol price cut by 18 paise, diesel by 17 paise

This is the first reduction in fuel prices in over a year.

In the first reduction in rates in over a year, petrol price on Wednesday was cut by 18 paise per litre and diesel by 17 paise a litre as international oil prices tumbled to the lowest since early February.

Petrol price was cut to ₹90.99 a litre in Delhi from ₹91.17 per litre, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers.

Diesel now comes for ₹81.30 a litre in the national capital, down from ₹81.47 previously.

Rates have been reduced across the country and vary from state to state depending on the local incidence of taxation (VAT).

This is the first reduction in fuel prices in over a year. Prices were last reduced on March 16, 2020.

Despite bouts of rate freeze, prices had gone up by a record ₹21.58 per litre on petrol in the last one year. On diesel prices had increased by ₹19.18 a litre.

Prices which last month hit record highs including crossing ₹100 mark in some places in Rajasthan, Maharasthra and Madhya Pradesh, had been on freeze since February-end when elections to five states including West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala were announced.

In Mumbai, the petrol price was cut to ₹97.40 a litre on Wednesday from ₹97.57 while diesel rates were reduced to ₹88.42 from ₹88.60, the price notification showed.

The rate reduction followed international oil prices tumbling to the lowest since early February as the second wave of COVID-19 infection clouded the prospects for a speedy recovery in consumption.

West Texas Intermediate for May delivery was down to $57.76 in New York on Tuesday, the lowest close since February 5 while Brent for the same month lost $3.83 to $60.79 a barrel, the lowest since February 8.

The rise in coronavirus cases is threatening the economy’s recovery from the recession.

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