Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

No increase in fuel prices for September

No increase in fuel prices for September

Diesel rates were also on an all-time high as prices were hiked by 39 paise a litre, the steepest increase in the last 12 months.

Amongst all the four metro cities, petrol remains the cheapest in Delhi at Rs 79.15 while in Mumbai it is the highest at Rs 86.65, a sharp difference of Rs 7.5 per litre.

Diesel is being sold at Rs 71.15 in Delhi, Rs 74 in Kolkata, Rs 75.54 in Mumbai and Rs 75.19 in Chennai.

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As per sources, the fuel prices have increased by around Rs 5 per litre in the past 7 months. Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan had attributed the sudden peak to the rise in worldwide crude prices and devaluation of the rupee.

Also, crude oil has gained $7 a barrel in a fortnight, driven by fears that the US sanctions on Iran will likely contract supplies. "I would like to mention two points, and both these subjects are external". "Apart from that, crises in countries like Venezuela and Iran are increasing".

The department's decision comes after the Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, told the portfolio committee on energy in August that there is no "quick fix" to the high fuel prices and it will require "multi-dimensional efforts". OPEC (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) had promised that it will raise production by one million barrels per day, which was not raised. The price of diesel, paraffin and LP gas will remain unchanged. There is a pressure on oil prices due to a decrease in production.

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Meanwhile, Maharashtra transporters, burdened with diesel price hikes for a fortnight, have threatened to agitate and increase freight rates by 10-15% if there is no control or reduction in rates. "Secondly, global currencies have weakened against the USA dollar", Pradhan had said in Surat. Heavy losses in FMCG, realty, power, banking, auto, oil & gas, PSU, IT, tech, infrastructure and capital goods counters amid a global rout in accounted for the.

The rupee-dollar exchange rate has dropped to an all-time low of Rs 71.42 to a dollar on August 31.

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