Fuel prices to go up in 13 cities


New Delhi: From April 1, petrol and diesel prices have  gone up in 13 cities, including the four metros, where stricter Bharat Stage-IV emissions norms will be implemented, requiring the sale of upgraded and less polluting fuel.
The retail price of petrol has gone up by around 50 paise and that of diesel by 26 paise (depending upon the prevailing price and tax structure in various States).
The 13 cities that follow BS-IV emissions norms from April 1 are Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hydera-bad, Bangalore, Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Surat, Ahme-dabad, Pune and Sholapur. In Delhi, all the three oil marketing companies (OMCs) —Indian Oil, Hindustan Petro-leum and Bharat Petroleum — have started selling cleaner BS-IV (equivalent to Euro-IV) low-sulphur auto fuels from April 1. The petrol price in Delhi has gone up by 50 paise per liter to Rs. 47.93 a liter and diesel rates have risen by 26 paise to Rs. 38.10 a liter.
Similarly, the rest of the country has switched from BS-II to BS-III, starting from Goa on April 1. It would take around six months before the entire country is covered under BS-III norms. BS-III petrol will be costlier by over 26 paise a liter and diesel by 21 paise a liter varying from state to state.

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