The constant rise in fuel and natural gas prices over the last 16 days has increased the hardship of common man across the country, with petrol and diesel prices going up by Rs 10 per litre each or 10.5 per cent. Each LPG cylinder now costs Rs 50 more.
As a natural corollary, CNG prices in Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai saw steep hikes after the government raised input natural gas prices to record levels.
Gujarat Gas hiked its rate by Rs 6.5 per kg to Rs 76.98. Meanwhile, Adani Gas revised its price of compressed natural gas (CNG) to 81.59 per kg in Ahmedabad, taking the cumulative revised rate in the last 15 days to about Rs 25 per kg.
Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) raised the price by Rs 7 per kg to Rs 67 per kg in Mumbai. Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) raised the CNG price by another Rs 2.5 per kg in the national capital, and hence CNG now costs Rs 66.61 per kg.
The price of piped cooking gas to household kitchens has also increased to Rs 41 per cubic meter in Mumbai. So far, there has been no change in the piped cooking gas rates by Gujarat Gas. In Delhi, the piped household gas costs Rs 41.61 per cubic meter.
The government has also doubled natural gas prices to US$ 6.1 per million British thermal units from 1st April. A record 137-day break in petrol and diesel price revision ended on March 22. On the same day, the price of a 14.2 kg LPG cylinder was increased to Rs 949.50 in Delhi. Meanwhile, in some places, the LPG price has touched Rs 1,000.
Prices differ from city to city depending on local taxes and VAT.