New Delhi, 23/3: Petrol and diesel prices on Wednesday were hiked by 80 paise a litre each for the second day in a row since the ending of an over four-and-half month hiatus in rate revision. Petrol in Delhi will now cost Rs 97.01 per litre as against Rs 96.21 previously while diesel rate has gone up from Rs 87.47 per litre to Rs 88.27, according to a price notification of state fuel retailers.
A record 137-day hiatus in rate revision ended on March 22 with an 80 paise per litre increase in rates.
Prices had been on a freeze since November 4 ahead of the assembly elections in states like Uttar Pradesh and Punjab – a period during which the cost of raw material (crude oil) soared by $30 per barrel. Oil companies are now recouping the losses.
According to CRISIL Research, a hike of Rs 15-20 per litre is required to fully pass the increase in international oil prices. India is 85 per cent dependent on imports to meet its oil needs.