New Delhi: The price of petrol was on Monday cut by 58 paise per litre while that of diesel was lowered by 25 paise on global cues, reversing the trend of increasing rates.
Petrol will cost Rs 60.48 per litre from the midnight of November 30 and December 1 in Delhi as against Rs 61.06 a litre currently whereas diesel will cost Rs 46.55 compared with the Rs 46.80 now, said Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the country's biggest fuel retailer.
The price cut more than reverses the hike of 36 paise a litre in petrol rates effected on November 16 - the first increase in five months. Similarly, in the case of diesel, it reverses the three rounds of hikes since October, with the last being 87 paise a litre on November 16.
"The current level of international product prices of petrol and diesel and rupee-dollar exchange rate warrants a decrease in prices, the impact of which is being passed on to consumers with this price revision," Indian Oil Corporation said in a statement here.
Prior to the November 16 hike, petrol price had been slashed on four occasions - by Rs 2.43 on August 1, Rs 1.27 on August 16, Rs 2 on September 1 and 50 paise on November 1.
Diesel rates were not changed on November 1, but hiked by 95 paise on October 16 and 50 paise on October 1. Diesel rates were last cut by 50 paise on September 1.
State-owned fuel retailers - IOC, Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL) - revise petrol and diesel prices on 1st and 16th of every month based on average imported cost and rupee-dollar exchange rate in the previous fortnight.
"The movement of prices in the international oil market and rupee-dollar exchange rate shall continue to be monitored closely and developing trends of the market will be reflected in future price changes," the Indian Oil statement added.