NEW DELHI : Diesel price was hiked by 50 paise per litre on Friday but there will be no change in petrol rates. The hike, effective midnight tonight, is excluding local sales tax or VAT. The actual increase will be higher and will vary from city to city.However, the price of non-subsidised cooking gas (LPG), which customers buy after consuming their quota of 12 subsidised cylinders, was cut by Rs 107 per cylinder on easing international rates.
The price of diesel in Delhi will be hiked by 57 paise, including tax, to Rs 54.91 per litre, while it will cost Rs 63.23 a litre in Mumbai as against Rs 62.60 at present. The diesel price hike is in line with the January 2013 decision of the government to raise rates by up to 50 paise per month till such time that the entire losses on the fuel are wiped out, and prices made market determined. Announcing the price hike, Indian Oil Corp, the nation's largest fuel retailer, said that even after the 13th price hike since last January, oil companies are incurring Rs 9.24 per litre loss on sale of the fuel.
Officials said there will be no change in petrol rates as current price of Rs 72.43 a litre in Delhi was almost in line with the cost. The 14.2-kg cooking gas cylinder that consumers buy beyond their entitled 12 bottles at subsidised rates, will now cost Rs 1,134, down from Rs 1,241, in Delhi. Non-domestic LPG rates were at the beginning of the year hiked by a steep Rs 220 per cylinder but have now been cut in line with softening of international oil rates. IOC said losses on LPG have come down to Rs 656 per 14.2-kg cylinder from Rs 762.50.