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Petrol in India COSTLIER than in the US

Last updated on: November 29, 2011 17:39 IST


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Petrol in India is costlier than in its neighbouring countries and in the United States, primarily because of high taxes.

Petrol in Delhi today costs Rs 66.42 per litre as against Rs 44.88 a litre price in the US, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas R P N Singh told Rajya Sabha in a written reply to a question.

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Petrol in India COSTLIER than in the US


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Even after the November 16 reduction of Rs 2.22 per litre in rates, petrol at Rs 66.42 a litre in Delhi is costlier than Rs 48.64 a litre in Pakistan.

In Sri Lanka, petrol costs Rs 61.38 per litre, in Bangladesh it is priced at Rs 52.42 a litre, and in landlocked Nepal, it is sold at Rs 65.26 per litre.

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Petrol in India COSTLIER than in the US


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Incidentally, Nepal does not have a refinery and imports all its requirement from India.

However, petrol in Europe is costlier than in India. In the United Kingdom, it is priced at Rs 104.60 per litre.

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Petrol in India COSTLIER than in the US


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Singh said of the Rs 66.42 per litre price of petrol in Delhi includes Rs 26.59 a litre because of taxes (both central excise and local sales tax or VAT).

The US has only Rs 5.32 per litre tax on petrol, while it is Rs 62.47 a litre in the UK.

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Petrol in India COSTLIER than in the US


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Petrol price in India has risen 39 per cent, or Rs 18.49 per litre, since April 2010. Petrol in Delhi cost Rs 47.63 per litre last year.

The hike in rates in Pakistan is lower at 26 per cent - from Rs 38.74 per litre to Rs 48.64 a litre. Sri Lanka has seen a 36 per cent increase from Rs 45.23 per litre in April 2010 to Rs 61.38 a litre at present.

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Petrol in India COSTLIER than in the US


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In Nepal, petrol price went up from Rs 49.98 per litre to Rs 65.26 a litre currently, an increase of 31 per cent.

Nearly 45 per cent of the current retail price of petrol in Delhi is made up of taxes.

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Petrol in India COSTLIER than in the US


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The refinery price of petrol is just Rs 36.82 per litre, on top of which Rs 2.25 in inland freight and marketing cost and margin is added.

Besides, Rs 14.78 per litre is the excise duty component and Rs 11.07 a litre is the sales tax that Delhi government charges. Another Rs 1.50 is the commission that petrol pump dealers earn.

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