Petrol and diesel prices soared to new record highs across the country on Saturday after rates were hiked again by 25 paise and 30 paise a litre, respectively.
The price of petrol in Delhi rose to its highest ever level of ₹102.14 a litre and to ₹108.19 in Mumbai, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers.
Diesel rates too touched a record high of ₹90.47 in Delhi and ₹98.16 a litre in Mumbai.
Prices differ from state to state depending on the incidence of local taxes.
The price hike follows international oil prices soaring to near three-year high as global output disruptions forced energy companies to draw more crude oil out of their stockpiles.
The basket of crude oil India imports has averaged $78 per barrel in last few days.
The fourth increase in its rates this week has sent petrol prices above ₹100 in most major cities of the country.
Similarly, the seventh increase in prices in nine days has shot up diesel rates above ₹100 mark in several cities in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) resumed daily price revisions on September 24 after international oil prices neared a three-year high. Global benchmark Brent crude is trading above $78 per barrel.
In seven price increases since September 24, diesel rates have gone up by 1.85 paise per litre. Petrol price has increased by ₹ 1 per litre in four instalments this week.
When international oil rates fell in July and August, retail prices of petrol and diesel in the Delhi market were reduced by ₹0.65 and ₹1.25 per litre.
Prior to that, the petrol price was increased by ₹11.44 a litre between May 4 and July 17. Diesel rate had gone up by ₹9.14 during this period.
India is dependent on imports to meet nearly 85% of its oil needs and so benchmarks local fuel rates to international oil prices.