Rashmi Ranjan

Petrol and diesel prices on Tuesday were hiked by over 80 paise per litre each while the price of domestic cooking gas was increased by Rs 50 per cylinder on Tuesday. This hike in fuel prices is the first since 2 November 2021.

With the latest price revision, petrol and Diesel prices have gone up by 96 paisa and 91 paisa respectively, in Bhubaneswar. Petrol in the capital city of Odisha will now cost Rs 102.74 per litre while diesel will be sold at Rs 92.54 per litre.

Similarly, in Balasore and Rourkela, petrol and diesel prices are up by 85 paisa and 86 paisa respectively.

Petrol in Balasore will now cost Rs 102.65 per litre as against the earlier rate of Rs 101.80 while diesel rate have surged up to Rs 92.49 per litre from Rs 91.63.

In Rourkela, the petrol and diesel prices have gone up to Rs 103.79 and Rs 93.59 per litre respectively.

After the revision in fuel prices, petrol will now cost Rs 108.39 per litre while diesel will be sold at Rs 98.30 in Malkangiri.

“It is expected that in coming days the fuel price will increase by Rs 18 to Rs 20 a litre which will be borne by the consumers,” said Sanjay Lath General Secretary, Utkal Petroleum Dealers’ Association.

“If the Central and State governments reduce the excise duty and VAT, it will be a great relief for consumers,” Lath added.

A 14.2-kg non-subsidised LPG cylinder will now cost Rs 949.50 in the national capital Delhi. The LPG rates were last revised on October 6.

Sources said a 5 KG LPG cylinder will now cost Rs 349 while the 10 kg composite bottle will come for Rs 669.

The 19-kg commercial cylinder now costs Rs 2003.50.

“The increase in LPG gas cylinder price will affect not only consumers but also distributors,” said president, State LPG Distributors’ Association, Biswanath Mukherjee.

The Biju Janata Dal’s legislator Amar Satpathy said it will have catastrophic impact and the consumers are to bear the brunt. An alternative should be found out.

Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik claimed that the government is solely responsible for this fuel price hike. “The objective behind increasing the price is nothing but to increase revenue,” alleged Patnaik.

However, Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi seemed to be in a damage control mood. “The global fuel price is going up and India has its share of burden. This should be understood,” she said.