New Delhi: Soon after the Centre’s announcement of a cut of Rs 2.50 in petrol and diesel prices, as many as 13 states, most of them ruled by NDA-led government, announced a further reduction of Rs 2.50 on the two fuels, effectively bringing down the fuel prices down by Rs 5.
The states which followed Centre’s footsteps on fuel price cut include Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Tripura, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Goa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Today’s petrol price in Mumbai was Rs 91.34 per litre while diesel was priced at Rs 80.10. Similarly in Ahmedabad, petrol was priced at Rs 83.21 per litre while diesel was at 81.02 per litre.
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Following the reduction in VAT on fuel prices, applicable from midnight, a litre of petrol in Mumbai will cost Rs 86.34 while in Ahmedabad it will be available for Rs 78.21. Meanwhile, diesel in Ahmedabad will be available at Rs 75.10 per litre on Friday.
“Maharashtra government also decided to give additional relief of Rs 2.50 per litre on petrol to give a total benefit of Rs 5 per litre in the state of Maharashtra,” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted.
Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Fadnavis said the reduction in fuel prices will give a huge relief to citizens.
The Maharashtra government also said that it is considering a similar cut in diesel prices and a decision on the same will be taken soon.
“Finance Minister Sh @arunjaitley Ji has announced Rs.2.5 cuts in petrol & diesel prices. Reciprocating positively to FMs announcement, the Govt Of Gujarat has also decided to reduce Rs.2.50 on both petrol & diesel. Thus petrol & diesel wd be Rs. 5 cheaper in the State of Gujarat,” Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani tweeted.
Making the announcement of price cut, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, “Central government reduced prices of petrol and diesel by Rs. 2.50 per litre today that will give a great relief to common man. UP government has also decided to give additional relief of Rs. 2.50 per litre on the prices of petrol and diesel.”
However, when asked about his plans to reduce fuel prices, Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy said that the state government has already announced a reduction of Rs 2 on petrol and diesel prices.
Announcing a reduction of Rs 2.50 in petrol and diesel prices, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had asked states to follow suit by cutting a sales tax or VAT by a similar amount.
The reduction followed petrol and diesel prices touching new highs.
In Delhi, where the fuel prices are the lowest among all metros and most state capital, petrol is sold at Rs 84 per litre and diesel at Rs 75.45.
Jaitley said the move followed Brent crude oil touching four-year high of USD 86 a barrel Wednesday and interest rates in US reaching seven-year high.
Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are among the handful of states which have reduced VAT to give some comfort to consumers.