Bhubaneswar: The consumers across Odisha are now feeling the pinch of a steep rise in the petrol and diesel prices in the past one week. As per reports, the price of petrol reached a new high in Odisha as it breached Rs 91 per litre mark in Malkangiri on Monday.
Official sources said petrol is being sold at Rs 91.42 per litre in Malkangiri district, while diesel price has spiked to Rs 87.56 a litre.
It is pertinent to mention here that the fuel rates are registering an increase amid a rally in global crude oil prices. The fuel rates recorded an upswing on January 6, 2021, after staying unchanged for almost a month.
The cost of per litre petrol in the capital city of Bhubaneswar reached Rs 86.36, and Rs 87.38 in Rourkela.
“We are facing a lot of difficulties due to spiralling prices of petrol and diesel. In the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the burden has doubled. We are struggling to cope up with this crisis,” said a commuter.
Many believe that the fuel price rise is likely to contribute to the rise in prices of essential commodities as the transportation cost is also expected to go up.
“We are completely dependent on public transport. The bus fares were revised recently and we anticipate a further rise in bus fares,” said another commuter from Bhubaneswar.
(Edited By Devbrat Patnaik)