The public in parts of India has blamed and urged the central government to come up with a plan to tackle the problem of ever-rising fuel prices as petrol prices on Monday hovered over four-year peak and diesel is at an all-time high.
They said the government must come up with a plan such as carpooling policy or decreasing the excise duty on fuel, so that they do not suffer due to hike in petrol and diesel prices in the international market.
“The government earlier as well increased the price of CNG and now these. It should either come up with a carpooling policy or keep a check on the ever increasing prices of diesel and petrol,” Delhi-based Rahul Saxena said on Monday.
He said the price of petrol and diesel always remain high in India in comparison with other countries.
“It causes discontentment among the public; the government needs to tackle it by decreasing the excise on fuel,” Saxena added.
Satish Kumar, who runs a CNG and petrol car, said that the government does not think once before increasing the fuel prices.
“This also leads to inflation in the market as the increase in price affects the supply of other goods and materials too.”
Naeem, an auto driver from Mumbai, said he hardly manages to meet ends by driving a rickshaw and will die of hunger if the government keeps on increasing fuel/CNG prices on the daily basis.
Diesel price was at an all-time high in all four metro cities of Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai.
The price of petrol in Mumbai stands at Rs 81.69 a litre and Diesel is selling at Rs 68.89 a litre.
The price hike in petrol, diesel, as well as CNG, comes following a rapid rise in international rates led by strong global demand.