A 14.2 kg liquified petroleum gas, or LPG, cylinder will be costlier by Rs 25 from Wednesday, reported NDTV.
This is the second time in a month that the price of the LPG cylinders has been increased. On August 18, gas companies had increased the price of LPG cylinder by Rs 25.
After Wednesday’s hike, a non-subsidised 14.2 kg LPG cylinder will now cost Rs 884.50 in Delhi. In Mumbai, cylinders will now cost Rs 884.50, while in Kolkata they will cost Rs 911.
In Chennai, these cylinders will cost Rs 900.50.
The price of a 19 kg commercial cylinder has also been increased by Rs 75. It will now cost Rs 1,693 in Delhi, Rs 1,649.50 in Mumbai, and Rs 1,831 in Chennai.
These cylinders will cost Rs 1,772 in Kolkata.
The central government provides 12 subsidised LPG cylinders weighing 14.2 kg to each household every year. However, this subsidised rate changes every month.
The cylinder prices are decided according to crude oil rates in the international markets and exchange rate between the Indian rupee and the US dollar.
Meanwhile, fuel prices fell by 13 paise to 15 paise after remaining unchanged for several days, reported Mint.
In Delhi, petrol now costs Rs 101.34 per litre and diesel Rs 88.77. The cost of petrol in Mumbai was increased to Rs 107.39 per litre and diesel to Rs 96.33.
‘Country uniting against injustice’: Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit out at the Union government for increasing the price of the LPG cylinders.
“The one who is forcing the public to sleep [on an] empty stomach is himself sleeping under the shadow of friends...but the country is uniting against the injustice,” Gandhi said, in an indirect reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Congress has repeatedly criticised the Centre for increasing fuel prices.
On August 3, Gandhi had rode a bicycle to Parliament to protest against the price hike.
The Congress has held protests against the rise in fuel prices, demanding withdrawal of increase in rates.
But the Bharatiya Janata Party has tried to defend the rise in prices.
On June 13, former Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan acknowledged that the rising fuel prices were problematic, but claimed that the Centre could not bring the rates down because it was saving money for welfare schemes.
On June 29, Madhya Pradesh Energy Minister Pradhuman Singh Tomar suggested that people should cycle to their destinations instead of using fuel-driven vehicles, as that would keep them healthy and reduce pollution.