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MUMBAI: Gas costs are at an all-time excessive in Mumbai, with diesel breaching the Rs 90-mark. With a number of hikes totalling Rs 24 up to now 13 months, diesel was retailed at Rs 90.11 a litre and petrol at Rs 98.65 within the metropolis. Petrol and diesel costs had been hiked by 29 paise and 36 paise per litre, respectively
In neighbouring Thane and Navi Mumbai too, petrol and diesel costs reached a document excessive of Rs 98.77 and Rs 90.23 a litre.
5 districts throughout Maharashtra have petrol costs over Rs 100 per litre at the same time as political events, together with Shiv Sena and NCP, are opposing the gas hikes by the Centre. Amravati has the very best diesel price within the state at Rs 91.57, whereas Parbhani has the very best petrol price at Rs 101.02 a litre.
The rise in diesel price may push up freight prices and instantly affect costs of important commodities, like greens and fruits. It may additionally enhance the charges of all FMCGs, white items, cement and metal, mentioned transporters.
Transporters mentioned companies have change into unviable because of the enhance in operational prices and small-time transporters are hit the toughest. “We’re petitioning the central and state governments to intervene and cut back VAT and taxes on gas,” mentioned a transporter, including that if costs weren’t managed, it will show to be a dying knell for the highway transport sector and the 20 crore folks related to the commerce.
Petrol Sellers’ Affiliation secretary Chetan Modi mentioned diesel had damaged all information this yr—it was at an all-time excessive in January-February earlier than costs dipped and now it has crossed the Rs 90-mark. “Although many diesel-run automobiles are nonetheless off roads, together with faculty buses and vacationer automobiles, we nonetheless see a major variety of transport automobiles refuelling at our pumps every day,” he mentioned.
Transport consultants mentioned that enhance in diesel costs may deter folks from shopping for polluting vehicles and SUVs. “Residents must be inspired to go for electrical or CNG automobiles,” mentioned Ajit Shenoy of Mumbai Mobility Discussion board.