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Petrol breaches Rs 100/litre-mark in Delhi

Petrol price was increased by 35 paise per litre and diesel by 23 paise a litre

fuel-petrol Fuel demand had recovered to near-normal levels in March before the onset of the second wave of Covid-19 | Sanjay Ahlawat

Petrol price on Wednesday crossed the Rs 100-a-litre mark after fuel prices were increased in line with firming international oil trends. Petrol price was increased by 35 paise per litre and diesel by 23 paise a litre, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers.

In Delhi, petrol now costs Rs 100.21 a litre and diesel is priced at Rs 89.53 per litre. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit out at the government as petrol prices crossed the Rs 100-a-litre mark in Delhi, charging that the Modi government runs on "tax extortion". "Your car may run on petrol or diesel, Modi government runs on tax extortion," Gandhi tweeted in Hindi, using hashtag 'TaxExtortion'.

Delhi is the last of the metro cities to see petrol rising above the Rs 100-a-litre mark. Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune already have prices above that mark.

Kolkata also saw petrol prices climbing over Rs 100 per litre on Wednesday. 

In Mumbai, a litre of petrol costs Rs 106.25, in Chennai Rs 101.06 and in Kolkata, Rs 100.23. For diesel, it is Rs 97.09 in Mumbai, Rs 94.06 in Chennai and Rs 92.50 in Kolkata.

Prices had remained unchanged on Tuesday after two consecutive hikes on Monday and Sunday.

With Wednesday's hike, prices have now been raised on 33 of the past 62 days. 


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