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   petrol rates may hike by oil companies
Oil companies are likely to revise rates with a Rs 2.10 - 2.13 per litre increase in petrol price saying that it is needed because of a weakening rupee.

State-owned oil companies, as per practice, revise rates of petrol on 1st and 16th of every month based on the average imported price and exchange rate during the fortnight.

As per this schedule, new rates were to be announced on Saturday if they were take effect from yesterday, but top officials at oil companies said the revision was "99 per cent unlikely" yesterday.

The oil companies, they said, will decide on revising rates only on Monday.
The rate change may, however, need a political clearance as Assembly elections in five crucial states, including Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, have been announced.

"While international price of gasoline (against which domestic petrol prices are benchmarked) are more or less at the same level,  the rupee has depreciated to about Rs 53 to a US dollar," an official said.

This warrants an increase of Rs 1.78 per litre and after adding local sales tax or VAT, the desired hike in petrol price in Delhi is Rs 2.10 - 2.13 a litre.

Petrol at Indian Oil Corp and Bharat Petroleum Corp petrol pumps in Delhi is now priced at Rs 65.64 per litre and at Rs 65.65 a litre on retail outlets of Hindustan Petroleum Corp.

Oil firms had, at the last review on December 15/16, decided not to burden the consumers with about Re 1 per litre hike in petrol price needed at that time, as they felt Reserve Bank's intervention may help  arrest fall in rupee's value.
Mon 02 Jan, 2012,9:18:25 PM
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