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Published on 24/11/2020 10:57:45 AM | Source: IANS

With crude firm, petrol & diesel prices rise

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Petrol price on Tuesday was raised by 6 paise per litre and diesel by 16 paise, the fifth straight day of increase in rates as the firming international oil rates broke a nearly two-month-long hiatus in fuel price revision.

Petrol price in Delhi was hiked to Rs 81.59 a litre from Rs 81.53 a litre on Tuesday, according to a price notification from oil marketing companies.

Similarly, diesel prices rose to Rs 71.41 a litre in Delhi from a level of Rs 71.25 a litre on Monday.

State-owned fuel retailers started raising fuel prices from Friday. In five days, petrol price has gone up by 53 paise and diesel rates have risen by 95 paise per litre.

Petrol prices had been static since September 22, and diesel rates hadn't changed since October 2.

Though retail pricing of petrol and diesel has been deregulated and oil marketing companies were following a daily price revision formula, the same was suspendended for almost two months to prevent volatility in international oil markets from impacting fuel prices regularly during the pandemic.

But crude on the boil again on news of a successful coronavirus vaccine launch soon, the OMCs lost patience and finally resorted to price increase to cover their under recovery.

The benchmark Brent crude has crossed $45 a barrel on Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). It crossed $43 a barrel for most part of November.

The OMCs need almost 40 paise per litre increase in retail price of petrol and diesel to cover for $1 increase in crude. Going by this yardstick, product prices would have to be increased by upto Rs 2 per litre to cover under recovery on its sale.