A day after the opposition-sponsored Bharat Bandh against rising fuel prices, West Bengal government on Tuesday reduced the prices of petrol and diesel by one rupee per litre. The decision was announced chief minister Mamata Bannerjee and the new prices of petrol and diesel will be implemented from Wednesday.
On Tuesday, petrol prices touched Rs 83.75 per litre in Kolkata, while diesel is at Rs 75.82 per litre.
West Bengal became the third state after Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan reduced the fuel prices to provide relief to people from the continuous increase in prices.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday announced a reduction in petrol and diesel price by Rs 2 each in the state.
Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Sunday said the state will reduce Value Added Tax (VAT) on diesel and petrol prices by 4 percent.
Since mid-August, petrol price has been marked up by Rs 3.24 a litre and diesel by Rs 3.74 per litre as the rupee hit a record low against the US dollar, making petroleum imports costlier.