Prices of auto fuels petrol and diesel rose sharply on Thursday even though global oil showed signs of softening with benchmark Brent crude falling to just over $80 a barrel from previous days high of over $82 a barrel.
Diesel prices increased by 35 paisa in the national capital to Rs 91.77 per litre on Thursday while petrol prices increased by 30 paisa to Rs 103.24 a litre, according to the Indian Oil Corporation, the country’s largest fuel retailer.
Diesel prices have now increased on 11 out of the last 14 days taking up its retail price by Rs 3.15 per litre in Delhi.
The prices increased between 20-30 paisa per litre so far but on Wednesday, they breached this mark with a 35 paisa per litre increase, which was also seen on Thursday.
With diesel price rising sharply, the fuel is now available at over Rs 100 a litre in several parts of Madhya Pradesh.
This dubious distinction was earlier available to petrol that had breached Rs 100 a litre mark across the country a few months earlier. The surge has also taken the diesel prices closer to Rs 100 a litre in Mumbai.
Petrol prices had maintained stability since September 5 but oil companies finally raised its pump prices last week and this week, given a spurt in product prices lately.