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Petrol, diesel prices cut by 20 paise


PTI, Aug 22, 2021, 4:56 PM IST

Source: PTI

Petrol and diesel prices were cut by 20 paise per litre each on August 22, the first reduction in petrol rate in over a month, and the fourth in case of diesel in less than a week.

Petrol price in Delhi was cut to Rs101.64 a litre and diesel to Rs89.07 per litre, according to a price notification of State-run oil companies.

The reduction came as international oil prices tumbled to their lowest level since May, after the U.S. Federal Reserve signalled it was set to start tapering asset purchases within months, hurting commodities and lifting the dollar.

The price cut in diesel is the fourth since August 18, when the reduction cycle began. All four reductions have been of 20 paise per litre each.

On the previous three occasions when diesel rates were cut, petrol prices remained unchanged.

August 22’s cut in petrol price came after 36 days of status quo in rates. Diesel rate change was effected after 33 days of no change.

The freeze in rate revision coincided with the Parliament session, where the opposition parties tried to corner the government on various issues including the hike in fuel prices.

Petrol and diesel prices were last hiked on July 17.

Prior to that, the petrol price was increased by Rs11.44 a liter between May 4 and July 17. Diesel rates had gone up by Rs9.14 during this period.

The price hike during this period pushed petrol prices above Rs 100-a-liter mark in more than half of the country, while diesel crossed that level in at least three States.

International oil rates have fallen to $66 a barrel from $75 per barrel touched last month.

India is dependent on imports to meet nearly 85% of its oil needs and so benchmarks local fuel rates to international oil prices.

 

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