Petrol price crosses ₹80-mark in Delhi for first time since 2018, diesel at new high

Diesel had for the first time become costlier than petrol in Delhi. Representative photo: iStock

Petrol price in the national capital on Friday (June 26) crossed ₹80 per litre mark, for the first time in more than two years, as oil companies continue to raise petrol and diesel prices in line with costs.

Oil companies hiked petrol price by 21 paise per litre and diesel by 17 paise a litre, according to a price notification of state oil marketing companies. Petrol price in Delhi was hiked to ₹80.13 per litre from ₹79.92 while diesel rates were increased to ₹80.19 a litre from ₹80.02. Rates have been increased across the country but the final retail selling price differs from state to state depending on the incidence of local sales tax or VAT.

In Mumbai, petrol is priced at ₹86.91 per litre and diesel at ₹78.51. Petrol price has crossed ₹80-mark for the first time in more than two years, while diesel rate is at an all-time high. Petrol had last crossed ₹80 mark in September 2018. While diesel price has been hiked for the 20th straight day, petrol price has been raised on 19 occasions in less than three weeks.

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The cumulative increase since the oil companies started the cycle on June 7 now totals to ₹8.87 for petrol and ₹10.8 in diesel. Diesel had for the first time become costlier than petrol in Delhi on Wednesday.

However, diesel is costlier than petrol only in the national capital where the state government had raised local sales tax or VAT on the fuel sharply last month. It costs less than petrol in other cities. On June 7, oil companies restarted revising prices in line with costs after ending an 82-day hiatus during which they adjusted steep excise duty hikes by the government against the fall in benchmark international oil rates.

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