Economy

Domestic LPG price hiked by ₹3.50, crosses ₹1,000 mark

The hike comes on the back of a ₹50 per cylinder increase effected on May 7. File.

The hike comes on the back of a ₹50 per cylinder increase effected on May 7. File. | Photo Credit: PTI

Cooking gas LPG price was on Thursday hiked by ₹3.50 per cylinder, the second increase in rate this month following the firming of international energy rates.

Non-subsidised LPG now costs ₹1,003 per 14.2-kg cylinder in the national capital, up from ₹999.50 previously, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers.

This is the second increase in LPG rate this month and the third in less than two months. The price was hiked by ₹50 per cylinder on March 22 and again by the same quantum on May 7.

Since April 2021, prices have risen by ₹193.5 per cylinder.

Petrol and diesel prices however continue to be on freeze for the 43rd day in a row. The pause followed rates being hiked by a record ₹10 per litre in a matter of 16 days beginning March 22.

Non-subsidised cooking gas is the one that consumers buy after exhausting their quota of 12 cylinders at subsidised or below-market rates.

However, the government pays no subsidy on LPG in most cities and the price of the refill that consumers, including the poor women who got free connection under the Ujjwala scheme, is the same as that for non-subsidised or market price LPG.

Non-subsidised LPG costs ₹1,002.50 per 14.2-kg cylinder in Mumbai while it is priced at ₹1,018.50 in Chennai and ₹1,029 in Kolkata.

Rates differ from State to State depending on the incidence of local taxes such as VAT. Prices are higher in States with higher taxes.

Alongside, oil firms also hiked the price of commercial LPG cylinders—the ones used by establishments like hotels and restaurants—by ₹8 per cylinder to ₹2,354 per 19-kg cylinder. On May 1, the price of a commercial LPG cylinder was increased by ₹102.50 to ₹2,355.50 but on May 7 it was reduced to ₹2,346.

International oil prices have been on the rise this year. They jumped to a 13-year high of $140 per barrel in March before shedding some of the gains. Brent was trading at $110.13 per barrel on Thursday.

To compound things, the Indian rupee tumbled to ₹77.74 to a dollar, making imports costlier.

India relies on overseas purchases to meet about 85% of its oil requirement, making it one of the most vulnerable in Asia to higher oil prices.

While India has surplus oil refining capacity, it does not manufacture enough LPG to meet domestic demand and imports significant quantities from nations such as Saudi Arabia.

On Wednesday, an oil ministry official stated that the Saudi LPG prices have gone up by 33% while domestic rates have increased by only 11%. 


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