Petrol and diesel prices remained unchanged on December 28, according to a price notification by state-owned fuel retailers. The fuel rates have been static after the highest-ever excise duty cut by the Centre to bring down retail prices from record highs.
The government had cut the duty on petrol by Rs 5 per litre and that on diesel by Rs 10 a litre on November 3. Following this, many states and union territories cut local sales tax or value-added tax (VAT) to give further relief to consumers.
The latest in the list is Delhi that reduced the VAT on petrol from 30 to 19.4 percent from December 1 midnight, cutting the price by around Rs 8 per litre in the city to Rs 95.41 per litre. The rate remained the same on December 28. Diesel price also remained unchanged in Delhi at Rs 86.67 per litre.
In Mumbai, the November 4 decline had taken the price of petrol to Rs 109.98 a litre which remained unchanged on the day. Diesel price also stayed put at Rs 94.14 per litre.Also read | Delhi govt to ask Zomato, Swiggy, Ola, Uber to completely switch to electric vehicles
Petrol & Diesel Rates Yesterday
In Kolkata, petrol and diesel prices remained at Rs 104.67 per litre and Rs 89.79 per litre, respectively.
Chennai retailed a litre of petrol at the same price of Rs 101.40. Diesel price also remained unchanged at Rs 91.43 per litre.
The states and union territories that had gone for VAT reduction after the excise duty cut by the Centre include Ladakh, Karnataka, Puducherry, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim, Mizoram, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, and Daman and Diu.
Others include Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Gujarat, Nagaland, Punjab, Goa, Meghalaya, Odisha, Rajasthan, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Andaman and Nicobar, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
States that have so far not lowered VAT include those rule by Congress and its allies: Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu. TMC-governed West Bengal, Left-ruled Kerala, TRS-led Telangana and YSR Congress-ruled Andhra Pradesh have also not cut VAT.Congress-ruled Punjab has seen the biggest reduction in the price of petrol in the country after it cut VAT the most while the union territory of Ladakh witnessed the largest reduction in diesel rates.