The IOC had suspended dynamic pricing system for transport fuels for 19 days to “avoid creating unnecessary panic among the consumers”.
In Delhi, petrol was priced at Rs 74.80 per litre on Monday, highest since September 2013, when it had hit Rs 76.06 a litre. The price was last changed on April 24 when it was at Rs 74.63 per litre.
In the other metropolitan cities of Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai also petrol prices were at multi-year high levels of Rs 77.50, Rs 82.65 and Rs 77.61 a litre on Monday.
The previous highs in these cities were Rs 78.03 (Kolkata, August 2014), Rs 83.62 (Mumbai, September 2013) and Rs 77.48 (Chennai, September 2013).
Apart from petrol prices, diesel also rose to a fresh record high after the last price movement on April 24. Prices of diesel on Tuesday, in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai were Rs 66.14, Rs 68.68, Rs 70.43 and Rs 69.79 per litre, respectively.
Prices did not change in the last 19 days, despite rise in international crude oil prices, which observers cited as a deliberate political move ahead of Karnataka polls. Brent crude oil is currently priced over $76 per barrel.
However, IOC Chairman Sanjiv Singh on May 8, said the dymanic pricing was suspended temporarily despite a rise in international rates, to avoid panic among consumers.
“We have decided to temporarily moderate retail prices by not passing on the required increase as we believe the current international oil product prices are not supported by fundamentals. So we have decided to wait for a while,” Singh had said, adding: “Passing them on to consumers will unnecessarily create panic.”
This temporary relief to consumer seems to have come to an end with the rise in prices on Monday.