As petrol and diesel prices across the country hover at record-high levels, citizens look for ways to save money
Many Indians are switching off air conditioners in cars and going to gas pumps across state borders in a bid to save money
New Delhi: Many Indians are switching off air conditioners in cars and going to gas pumps across state borders in a bid to save money, as petrol prices across the country hover at record-high levels.
Protests against high petrol and diesel prices paralysed many parts of India earlier this month, shutting businesses, government offices and schools. The government blamed the high pump prices on the rising cost of crude oil and a weakening rupee.
Kalyan Chakrabarty, a 39-year old cab driver in the eastern state of Odisha, said he switches off his car’s air conditioner intermittently while travelling so that he can save “one or two litres” of fuel.
For 42-year old Brij Nandan from Delhi, abandoning his scooter for a bicycle was the only option.
“My fuel bills kept rising steadily and once it crossed 2,000 rupees ($27.61) a month, I could no longer afford riding a scooter,” said Nandan, who supports a family of five.
Fuel prices are not uniform across the country due to variable state taxes.
Anirudha Bora, a truck owner from the northeastern Indian city of Guwahati, says he crosses the state border to save money.
“I drive across the road to Meghalaya state. I save about 400 rupees when I fill 100 litres of fuel,” Bora told Reuters.
States like Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and West Bengal this week cut taxes on fuel to reduce the burden, but the central government has so far not done so
Taxes on petrol and diesel, which account for more than a third of retail fuel prices, are one of the biggest sources of income for state and central governments.
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Petrol and diesel prices: Petrol price in Delhi stands at Rs 101.84 per litre while diesel is available for Rs 89.87. In Mumbai, petrol is retailing at Rs 107.83, while diesel costs Rs 97.45. Read below to find out fuel prices in your city.