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Jet fuel, non–subsidized–LPG rates cut sharply

New Delhi, January 1: In major relief for the country’s beleaguered airlines industry, jet fuel (ATF) rates were on Thursday cut by a steep 12.5 percent with intertiol oil prices continuing to plunge going below $55 a barrel.

However, there was no reduction in the prices of petrol and diesel, as was indicated earlier in the day.

The price of aviation turbine fuel (ATF), or jet fuel, at Delhi was cut by Rs.7,520.52 per kilolitre, or 12.5 percent, to Rs.52,422.92 per kl, state–run Indian Oil Corp announced.

State–owned fuel retailers revise jet fuel prices on the 1st of every month based on average imported cost and the rupee–US dollar exchange rate.

Prices have also been cut for the non–subsidised LPG cylinder, which a consumer may buy at market rates after exhausting the quota of 12 cooking gas cylinders, by Rs.43.50 in Delhi.

The new year’s price per 14.2 kg cylinder is Rs.708.50 in Delhi, Rs.725.50 in Mumbai, Rs.746 in Kolkata and Rs.705 in Cheni.

Non–subsidized LPG was last cut on 1 December by a steep Rs.113 per cylinder. In six monthly reductions, non–domestic LPG rates have been reduced by Rs.214 per cylinder, bringing the price to a three–year low.

However, the price cut on transport fuels that consumers were expecting on New Year has not been effected for the moment, IOC sources said.

The source said that owing to some problems with the server, dates and data were being reflected erroneously earlier Thursday on the company’s website, which has now been rectified.

Earlier, to make up for fall in taxes due to the sustained decline in intertiol crude oil prices, the government hiked excise duty by Rs.1.50 a litre on both the fuels first on Nov 12. Later, on Dec 2, the duty on petrol was hiked by Rs.2.25 per litre and on diesel by Re.1 a litre.

Though consumers have been spared the impact of the excise hike, the government has faced criticism that it was preventing the benefit of falling oil prices from passing to consumers. IANS

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