New Delhi, Feb 17: Petrol and diesel prices touched new highs on Wednesday after fuel rates were hiked for the ninth consecutive day.
In Delhi, petrol and diesel prices were increased by 25 paise each. Petrol is priced at Rs 89.54 per litre, while diesel at Rs 79.95 per litre in the national capital.
The petrol price in Mumbai has touched the Rs 96 per litre mark. In the financial capital, petrol is priced at Rs 96.00, while diesel cost Rs 86.98 per litre.
In Bengaluru, petrol is priced at Rs 91.76 per litre, and diesel at Rs 85.09 per litre.
The Congress on Tuesday hurled the “Modi Tax” accusation at the Centre as prices of petroleum products witnessed a sharp increase owing to steep excise duties levied on fuel.
Congress leaders claimed that the Modi government had collected over Rs 20 lakh crore by imposing additional excise duty on petrol and diesel over the past six years and eight months.
Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan last week had told Parliament that the government is not considering a reduction in excise duty to cool rates from their record highs.
Central and state taxes make up for over 61 per cent of the retail selling price of petrol and about 56 per cent of diesel.