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Petrol, diesel prices cut by Rs 2 across India: Petroleum Minister

Petrol, diesel prices cut by Rs 2 across India: Petroleum Minister

New Delhi: The Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry announced that price of petrol and diesel across India will be cheaper by around Rs 2 per litre from early on Friday.

The revised rates comes after the oil marketing companies have revised prices, according to the report.

“Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have informed that they have revised Petrol and Diesel Prices across the country. New prices would be effective from 15th March 2024, 06:00 AM”, the Ministry said in a post on X.

According to graphs shared by the Ministry, petrol will now cost Rs 94.72 per litre in Delhi, against the present price of Rs 96.72 per litre, and diesel will cost Rs 87.62 against Rs 89.72.

In Mumbai, petrol will now sell for Rs 104.21 per litre, against Rs 106.31, and diesel for Rs 92.15 against Rs 94.27.

Similarly, in Kolkata, petrol will cost Rs 103.94 per litre against Rs 106.03 and diesel, Rs 90.76 against Rs 92.76, and in Chennai, petrol will cost Rs 100.75, against the present price of Rs 102.63, and diesel, Rs 92.34 against Rs 94.24.

The Ministry also said that the reduction in petrol and diesel prices will boost consumer spending and reduce operating costs for over 58 lakh heavy goods vehicles running on diesel, 6 crore cars and 27 crore two-wheelers.

The measure will also benefit the citizens through more disposable income, boost tourism and travel industries, control inflation, lead to increased consumer confidence and spending, reduce expenses for businesses dependent on transportation, lead to enhanced profitability for logistics, manufacturing, and retail sectors, and reduced outgo for farmers on tractor operations & pump sets, it added.

Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Singh Puri hailed the measure.

“By reducing the prices of petrol and diesel by Rs 2, the country’s illustrious Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji has once again proved that the welfare and convenience of his family of crores of Indians is always his goal”, he said, in a post in Hindi, on X.

Citing a poem by Hindi poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, he said these show the commitment of Prime Minister Modi towards his family.

He also compared the prices of fuel in India with several other countries in Europe.

IANS with edits

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