People irked over fuel prices at all time high

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Sep 2018 11:38:19



Staff Reporter


The price of petrol across Durg district touched Rs 79.78 per liter (normal) and 82.58 rupees per liter (speed) on Monday morning. This is all time high for the district as last highest rate of petrol recorded at Durg was 79.70 rupees rupees per liter (normal) as well as 81.56 rupees per liter (speed) on May 29 of current year. Along with petrol, the rate of diesel too touched a new high of 77.05 rupees per liter hear, leaving transporters and motorists fuming. This is also the all time high rate of diesel recorded at the district. In fact, rates of both fuels will further rise in Tuesday to 80.25 rupees per liter in petrol and 77.45 rupees per liter in diesel.

Ashish Sharma, one of the senior members of Chhattisgarh Federation of Petrol and Diesel Dealers said that sources in all oil marketing companies said, there are indications that rates of both fuels will continue to rise depending on fluctuations in international crude oil prices and other major factor, the falling rate of Indian Rupee against US Dollar. The government must give up excise duty, cut off of VAT taxes and fuel cess, he added.

But at present, the price hikes of petrol as well as diesel pinch motorists, four wheeler owners and transporters of the district and also of entire Chhattisgarh. Already frustrated with low mileage and extra fuel consumption due to heavy traffic rush and vehicle speed limit to 40 km per hour in highways during peak hours. Meanwhile, transporters are also loaded with diesel price hikes for a fortnight, have threatened to agitate if there is no curb over prices and some decision to reduce the rates.

In fact many transporters have threatened to increase travel rates by 10% to 15% if there is a further hike in diesel price. Prakash Deshlahara, general secretary of Chhattisgarh Heavy Vehicles Association and prominent politician stated that ‘We will hold the government responsible for any hike in prices of essential commodities like vegetables, fruits and also of travel fares. This is because for every hike in diesel rates, we will pass the burden to consumers’ he pointed.