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In line with petrol, diesel prices also increased - to Rs 69.17 per litre in Delhi and Rs 73.64 per litre in Mumbai.

Across all forecourts, the average was even higher with prices rising by almost 8.5p a litre.

As petrol and diesel are left outside GST, their prices and quantum of increase vary from state to state depending upon local taxes.

Following the Karnataka polls and the 19-day fuel price freeze from April 24, oil marketing companies opted for a price rise for petrol and diesel. Petrol prices rose to Rs 80.91 a litre in Kolkata, Rs 86.08 in Mumbai and Rs 81.26 in Chennai, according to the Indian Oil Corporation. Petrol prices were hiked by 15 paise per litre and diesel by 16 paise a litre.

Average fuel prices across the board have risen by 8.5p - more than supermarket prices, although prices have not risen day in, day out like those of supermarket fuel.

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"The government is keen that instead of having an ad hoc measure, it may be desirable to have a long-term view which addresses not only the volatility but also takes care of the unnecessary ambiguity arising out of frequent ups and downs".

Therefore, from May 14 till today, diesel prices have risen by Rs 3.38 per litre each in New Delhi and Rs 3.23 per litre in Kolkata. In the run-up to state elections in the southern state, the oil companies had stopped revising the petroleum prices for over a fortnight. Rates at refinery gate were revised on fortnightly basis but not all of the desired hike was passed on to the consumers and that increase not passed on converted into a subsidy. In Bengaluru, one litre of petrol costs Rs 79.71.

The higher prices mean the average driver is now shelling out €100 more for petrol this year than they did over the course of last year. There was a time when diesel prices were stuck in the range of Rs 50 to Rs 60 per litre, but since the start of 2018, there is no stopping the rate hikes in this crucial product.

Mr Faughnan said 90c of the cost of a litre of motor fuel was made up of Government taxes. Every rupee cut in excise duty on petrol and diesel will result in a revenue loss of Rs 13,000 crore.


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