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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Amid unrelenting price rise of fuel which is burning a hole in common man's pocket, the rates of petrol and diesel made an upswing once again in Odisha on Tuesday.

This is the seventh increase in fuel prices in the last eight days since the ending of a four-and-half-month long hiatus in rate revision on March 22 in view of the Assembly elections in five states.

As per the latest report, petrol and diesel prices were hiked by 86 and 74 paise a litre respectively in the State. The fresh hike makes petrol and diesel cost Rs 107.11 and Rs 96.83 a litre respectively in the State Capital Bhubaneswar.

The price of fuel reported the highest surge in Malkangiri district in the State. While petrol is being sold at Rs 112.50 a litre, the cost of diesel has touched Rs 102.10 per litre in Malkangiri today.

Meanwhile, the charges of petrol and diesel are Rs 106.89 and Rs 96.70 per litre respectively in Balasore. Petrol is priced at Rs 107.61 and diesel is sold at Rs 97.40 in Sambalpur. Similarly, petrol is sold at Rs 107.24 and diesel at 97.06 in Cuttack.

Since the last few days, the oil marketing companies have raised the fuel prices and as a result petrol and diesel have become costlier by Rs 5.33 and 5.21 paise per litre respectively.

“The continuous rise in fuel prices has severely affected the middle class as the market has been hit by running inflation. It has become difficult for us to keep a balance in our budget and make our ends meet,” said a denizen in Bhubaneswar.

(Edited by Suryakant Jena)

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