New Delhi: Prices of petrol and diesel, which are now at all-time record highs, vary from one city to another because of differences in local sales tax or VAT and transportation cost. Across all states and Union Territories, the price of petrol is the highest in Maharashtra and the lowest in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. Diesel vehicle owners pay the most for fuel in Hyderabad at Rs 79.73 for a litre of diesel.
If you are in Port Blair you will be paying only Rs 69.97 for a litre of petrol but the same fuel will make you poorer by Rs 90.45 in Maharashtra’s Parbhani—a stark difference of Rs 20. Maharashtra has two VAT slabs. Petrol pumps in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai have to shell out a VAT of 39.12%, a percentage point less than the rest of the state.
If all state capitals are taken into account, then Mumbai pays the highest price for petrol—Rs 88.67, followed by Patna Rs 87.46 and Bhopal Rs 87.03.
Top 3 cities with cheapest petrol rates:
Port Blair Rs 69.97
Panjim Rs 74.97
Agartala Rs 79.71
Among all major cities of India, Delhi has the lowest fuel rates—Rs 81.28 for petrol, Rs 73.30 for diesel.