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Updated: September 20, 2010 20:31 IST

IOC raises petrol price by 27 paise a litre

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TIME TO TANK UP: A motorist fills petrol at an IOC outlet. All public sector fuel retailers are set to hike petrol prices by Wednesday, following IOC's lead. File photo
The Hindu TIME TO TANK UP: A motorist fills petrol at an IOC outlet. All public sector fuel retailers are set to hike petrol prices by Wednesday, following IOC's lead. File photo

The new rates of petrol sold by Indian Oil Corporation in the four metros, effective midnight tonight: In Rs/Ltr: Delhi - 51.83, Mumbai - 56.25, Kolkata - 55.69, Chennai - 56.31

State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) today raised petrol price by Rs. 0.27 a litre effective midnight tonight, while other public sector firms are likely to follow suit in the next couple of days.

“The price hike has been necessitated because of rise in crude oil prices,” an IOC official said.

Crude oil rose in Asian trade today, rebounding from last week’s losses. New York’s main contract, light, sweet crude for October delivery, gained 21 cents to $ 73.87 a barrel.

Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum are likely to raise petrol prices between Rs. 0.27 - 0.28 a litre on Tuesday or Wednesday.

“The public sector oil firms have previously been accused for fixing prices as a cartel. So now, they are setting rates independently on different days,” an industry official said.

This is the first time since the June decision of the government to free petrol price from its control, that the rates of petrol is being raised.

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