Hardly anyone out for a drive in this country right now. Hence, hardly any long queuing up at the fuel stations and yet, what one finds is a rise in petrol and diesel prices. Some things, it ought to be said, are so quintessentially and peculiarly Indian, aren’t they?
Perhaps the best thing to do right now, is to park away your car at a place where you simply can’t see it for days together. What’s more? Do away with your bike and scooter. Put them at a sight where your eyes just don’t seem to land. What good are our private modes of commutation if the prices of petrol and diesel continue to rise like the way they have been, in the last few months?
It’s absurd. It’s painful. It’s actually shambolic to an extent, truth be told. At a time where India is busy finding inner strength against what is clearly a ghastly spell of COVID 19 cases, this being a deadly second wave, there are the prices of petrol and diesel that just do not know where to stop escalating.
What’s abysmally strange is that for the third consecutive day, the prices of petrol and diesel have increased and where the news reports stand, then it is believed that this is a revision in the petrol and diesel prices but after a gap of 18 days.
So what is the common man supposed to do with this information? Feel glad that for eighteen straight days, there was no hike in petrol and diesel prices?
A piece of news published on HT Auto happened to share the following update:
The scale of hike has been bigger each day. On Tuesday, petrol and diesel prices were increased by 15 paise and 18 paise per litre. Yesterday, oil companies increased price of a litre petrol by 19 paise, while the price of diesel went up by 21 paise for every litre.
Today’s hike has taken petrol price in Mumbai closer to the Rs-100-per-litre mark. Diesel price too is inching closer to the Rs-90-per litre mark in the city. From today, Mumbai will have to pay ₹ ₹97.34 for a litre of petrol and a similar amount of diesel will cost ₹88.49.
Furthermore, what’s odd is there at a time where the country is actually operating in a situation nothing too distant from a national-level lockdown, what’s the sense in having imposed a rise in petrol and diesel prices yet again?
Where will the common man go and how is he or she expected to make ends meet? On the one hand, there might be a situation where several organisations, due to a lack of economic activity will stand downsizing their structures, and then on the other, stands an appalling situation where one has to, anyhow, make do for constantly rising fuel prices.
Furthermore, here is what cities like Chennai and Kolkata will have to shell out for petrol and diesel prices following the new announcement that’s hit Urban India like a bullet that can’t be bitten:
Among other metro cities, Chennai will need to pay ₹92.90 for a litre of petrol and ₹86.35 for a litre of diesel. In Kolkata, the revised price stands ₹91.14 per litre for petrol and ₹84.26 per litre for diesel.
The real plight, if you come to think about it, is that these aren’t even days where one can hit the road and organise groups to protest against the jump in the aforementioned prices, right?