Fuel price hike; petrol breaches Rs 110-mark in state

Fuel prices continue to rise with petrol and diesel rates rising by another 80 paise per litre each on Wednesday, netting an increase of about Rs 5.60 a litre in nine days so far. The price of petrol breached the Rs 110-mark in Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. In the national capital, petrol now costs Rs 101.01 per litre, while diesel is selling at Rs 92.27 per litre.

In Mumbai, the petrol and diesel prices have gone up by 84 paise and 85 paise per litre respectively, thus costing Rs 115.88 and Rs 100.10 per litre. In Chennai, the price of petrol is Rs 106.69 (increased by 75 paise) a litre and diesel is Rs 96.76 (increased by 76 paise) per litre. In Kolkata, the price of petrol is Rs 110.52 a litre (increased by 84 paise) and diesel is Rs 95.42 per litre (increased by 80 paise).

Prices are set to be raised further given the sharp jump in crude oil prices in the international markets. Meanwhile, Congress has decided to launch a nationwide programme ‘Mehngai Mukt Bharat Abhiyan’ against price rises under which it will organise rallies and marches across the country from March 31 to April 7.

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