Fuel prices continued to rise on Monday, with petrol and diesel prices touching a new record high in several metropolitan cities, including Delhi and Mumbai. "This unsuccessful government should take some measures to curb the prices", Vohra said. The US sanctions on Iran is not the only reason for India to be anxious about a possible spike in petrol and diesel prices. Since August 16, petrol prices have risen by over Rs 2 per litre and diesel by Rs 2.42 a litre.
Petrol prices went up by Rs 2.17 per litre since August 16, while diesel rates climbed by Rs 2.62.
Fuel rates have been on fire since the middle of August, rising nearly every day due to a combination of a drop in the value of the rupee and rise in crude oil rates.
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Petrol prices have hit an all-time high in Mumbai. Fuel prices have been on the rise since August 16 after the rupee dipped to its lowest value against the USA dollar. On that day, the rate in Mumbai was Rs 86.24 per litre.
Prices of petrol and diesel, already at unprecedented levels in the country, rose for the ninth consecutive day on Monday, even as analysts said the dual impact of rising oil prices and the depreciating rupee increases regulatory risks for state-run oil and gas firms. The wholesale price per litre of diesel will remain unchanged at R13.92 in coastal areas and R14.41 inland - bearing in mind that the retail price will vary from forecourt to forecourt.
The fuel prices are likely to go up further as the rupee hit yet another all-time low of ₹71.18 against the USA dollar on Monday, compared to the previous close of ₹70. "Secondly, global currencies have weakened against the United States dollar", he said.
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There is no price increase for diesel or illuminating paraffin. Besides, states levy a value-added tax (VAT), the lowest being in Andaman and Nicobar Islands where a 6% sales tax is charged on both the fuel.
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