JAIPUR: was sold in the city at a record high at Rs 74.02 per litre on Monday. In past one year, the price of diesel has increased by whopping Rs 13 per litre. For one litre of petrol, consumers spent Rs 80.77 per litre.
The new petrol and diesel prices has also been released. Diesel will be sold at Rs74.18 per litre while petrol will be sold at Rs80.92 per litre on Tuesday.
With the prices of diesel constantly increasing, consumers have to shell out more money. On August 27 last year, diesel was sold at Rs 61.02 but exactly after a year, it was sold at Rs 74.02 per litre in the city. The prices of diesel had touched Rs 50 mark per litre in February 2013. “It is for the first time prices of diesel have crossed Rs 74 per litre mark. It is a record high,” said Sunit Bagai, president Rajasthan Petrol Dealers‘ Association (RPDA).
Bagai said that they have appealed to the state government to reduce VAT on petrol and diesel from 22% by at least 4% to provide respite to the consumers from increasing prices. Moreover, the road cess, which is Rs 1.75 per litre was imposed by the state government 15 years ago, which was implemented for only two years. But, still the government is collecting road cess, he said adding, “It should be removed immediately.” The road cess was imposed for the development of roads of the state.
In Sriganganagar, diesel was sold at as high as Rs 76.91 per litre. It is because of the freight charges the prices of diesel are different in different districts of the state. Experts say that higher the prices of diesel, the higher will be the cost of transportation. If the cost of transportation is high, it will push the prices up of other commodities. “Prices of diesel and petrol are rapidly increasing. There should be at least some efforts from the government to bring down the increasing prices of diesel and petrol,” said Ajit Kumar, a resident of Shastri Nagar area.
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