A droplet of petrol falls from a refueling nozzle on the forecourt of a OAO Gazprom Neft PJSC gas station in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photographer: Oliver Bunic/Bloomberg)

Petrol Price Touches Rs 81 Mark, Diesel Crosses Rs 73 In Delhi 

Petrol price touched the Rs 81 per litre mark in Delhi while diesel rates crossed Rs 73 as combination of a depreciating rupee and rising crude oil rates continued to push fuel prices higher.

After a day's lull, the upward march of fuel prices resumed Thursday with petrol price being hiked by 13 paise per litre and diesel by 11 paise, according to a price notification of state-owned oil marketing companies.

Delhi has the cheapest fuel rates among all metros and most state capitals because of lower taxes. A litre of petrol now costs Rs 88.39 and diesel is priced at Rs 77.58 per litre in Mumbai. Mumbai has the highest sales tax in the country.

Refinery gate price of petrol, without considering any central or state tax and dealer's commission, is Rs 40.49 per litre, according to oil companies. The same for diesel is Rs 44.32 a litre.

Also read: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Likely To Review State Of Economy This Weekend

Retail rates are arrived at after adding excise duty, which is charged by the Central government, commission paid to petrol pumps dealers and Value Added Tax, charged by the state governments. Dealer's commission on petrol currently is Rs 3.34 per litre and that on diesel is Rs 2.52.

While crude oil rates flirted with the $80 per barrel mark, the rupee has plunged against the dollar. The combination of the two makes imports costlier. Domestic retail prices are benchmarked to international rates of the fuel.

Also read: Government Rules Out Excise Duty Cut As Fuel Prices Hit Fresh High