It should be noted that the Oil PSUs, who are responsible for revising rates, had kept it unchanged from April 24, roughly three weeks from now.
Apart from petrol prices, diesel also rose to a fresh record high after the last price movement on April 24. During the same period, the Indian National Rupee has weakened more than 5 per cent against the United States dollar, resulting in crude oil import getting more expensive for oil companies. Petrol prices, too, hit a 56-month high of 74 rupees 80 paise per litre.
Last June, Indian oil companies had moved from a "once-in-a-fortnight" revision of petrol and diesel to daily revisions. Prices of diesel on Tuesday, in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai were Rs 66.14, Rs 68.68, Rs 70.43 and Rs 69.79 per litre, respectively.
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Petrol and diesel prices were hiked after 19-days yesterday as oil firms began passing on the hike to consumers in line with the rise in global rates.
Having said that, according to Indian Oil's price list petrol prices continue to remain highest in Mumbai at ₹ 82.65 while diesel rates are the highest in Hyderabad at ₹ 71.67.
"The OMCs which sustained all the losses due to it, will now certainly try to recover their losses by increasing the oil prices" said Madan Sabnavis, Chief Economist at CARE Ratings. But after that, the prices were frozen despite benchmark global rate for petrol going up from Dollars 78.84 per barrel, which was the measure to raise the prices on April 24.
Petrol is most expensive in the northeastern town of Mandera and motorists will pay Sh120.98 a litre, or Sh17.1 more than in Mombasa, while diesel will cost 112.45 a litre. Earlier, government oil companies used to review oil prices twice a month. With this, the price of fuel was changed to 2-3 rupees every 15 days.