Households spared as LPG prices jacked up by Rs 266 per cylinder

NEW DELHI: In one of the steepest increases, the government on Monday jacked up the price of LPG — or cooking gas supplied in cylinders — by Rs 266 per refill but spared households by keeping the cost of domestic supplies unchanged. Fuel retailers also raised retail prices of petrol and diesel by 35 paise a litre, pushing pump rates to fresh records as high Central and state taxes amplified the impact of the small revisions. After the latest increase, a 19-kg LPG cylinder used by commercial establishments such as hotels and eateries Rs 2,000.50 each in Delhi, Rs 1950 in Mumbai, Rs 2,073.50 in Mumbai and Rs 2,133 in Chennai. The steep hike will impact eateries and neighbourhood ‘mithaiwalas’ during the festive season. Households will continue to pay Rs 899.50 for a 14.2-kg refill in Delhi and Mumbai, Rs 926 in Kolkata and Rs 915.50 in Chennai. This will leave a gap of Rs 266 per cylinder at current market rates, which is expected to be borne by the state-run suppliers as the government scrapped subsidy since May last year. LPG prices are controlled by the government, unlike petrol and diesel that are market-determined. Domestic LPG prices were last raised by Rs 15 per cylinder on October 6. Cumulatively, domestic cylinders have become costlier by Rs 205 each since January 1. There was, however, no relief for motorists. In Delhi, petrol price rose to Rs 109.69 per litre and diesel to Rs 98.42. In Mumbai, petrol hit a new record of Rs 115.50 and diesel Rs 106.62. In Kolkata petrol sold for Rs 110.35 a litre and diesel Rs 101.56. In Chennai, petrol cost Rs 106.35 a litre and diesel Rs 102.59.

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