People feeling pinch of fuel price hike

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Sep 2018 10:35:37



Staff Reporter

The rising prices of petrol and diesel have forced the middle class households to curtail their monthly budget at highest level till the end of every month. Petrol prices in Bhopal are continuously rising for past nine days. Breaking all records on Tuesday, petrol is sold at Rs 85.11 per liter while diesel Rs 75.23 per liter.

In comparison to Monday, petrol price has been shot by 17 paisa and diesel by 20 paisa on Tuesday. Highest price of fuel in Madhya Pradesh was Rs 84.10 per liter about three months back. In past four days, petrol price has been shot up by 81 paisa while diesel by Rs 1.19 giving tough time to the people. Since January 1, 2018, (about eight months) petrol price has been raised by Rs 10.29 and diesel by Rs 12.85.

Talking to ‘The Hitavada’ R K Bawa, ex-member of MP Petrol Pumps Association, said, “It is common problem of general public and petrol pump owner are also a consumers. They have to pay as per the current rate and taxes decided by the Government. Several talks were held with the Government but Central Government deny to intervene and State Government cries for the policies and rules.” The recent prices rise of petrol in State capital Bhopal increased the rates of various stuff in the market. It was the ninth increase in rates for past nine days. Households and even college students are doing all to save some extra bucks. Some have reduced their restaurant bills by eating food from footpath while some have started to use mass transportation system like buses instead of their own vehicle. “I am unable to manage the monthly budget of home as prices of everything have gone up. Even common vegetables are now becoming luxury for me,” said Nikita Maheshwari, a local. Our leaders sitting in air-conditioner room make various planning and estimate the average monthly expenditure of families but they forget that a middle class is sweating it out on streets looking for cheapest outlet for managing their expenses, she added.

Nikita is not alone tensed about her expenditure while there are hundreds of common men across the State waiting for some relief from political leaders. Leave the food, clothing, house rent and health related stuff, people are spending extra 20 to 30 per cent on studies, travel, mobile phone, stationery, accessories and other maintenance charges. Besides, college students residing in a hostels outside their home town are worried about their pocket money. They said that they are forced to cut down their expenditure to restrain their dropping budget. Rising prices has crushed the hostel inmates as hostel managers have also raised the rent by manifold. “Shopkeepers have increased the prices of stationery by 20 to 30 per cent which is not affordable. Notebooks, sketches, files, sectional pages, readymade Projects everything is going beyond our reach,” said Pushpanjali, an engineering student. Already people were worried about the higher prices of vegetables and other stuff but the recent increment has added fuel to the fire. Even common vegetables have become out of reach of middle class family. Large number of people thronged at different petrol pumps of the city on Saturday to full their tank at brim. As soon as people heard about the rising prices, they all rushed towards the petrol pumps. However, a few people were also confused about the petrol price and suggested to wait for price down in two-three days. S K Gupta, Manager at Major Nankey Petrol Pump, said, “rates are decided by higher authorities and Government fix the tax. It is right that we are in profit after increasing the price as our old stock gets sold at higher price but we also need to pay the Government as per current price.”