Ethanol-blended petrol price should be brought down: Bengal Minister

Last Updated: Sun, Sep 16, 2018 11:53 hrs
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Kolkata: Demanding a price reduction for ethanol-blended petrol, West Bengal Consumer Affairs Minister Sadhan Pandey on Saturday said the state would take steps to create awareness among consumers about the blended petrol being sold to them.

"Petrol pumps must have displays informing customers that how much ethanol is blended with petrol. I have requested Indian Oil to put up such displays in its petrol pumps where ethanol mixed petrol is sold. This is to aware customers about what they are buying. Let the people have a choice," he said.

Pandey also said pure petrol is being sold at an extra price in some of the petrol pumps.

His comments came at a time when the price of fuel has been soaring in the domestic market.

"Ideally, price of the fuel should be reduced when the ethanol is being blended with petrol. Unfortunately, it is not getting reflected in the price. I have written to the petroleum ministry raising the issue," he said on the sidelines of an event organised by the Merchants Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Ethanol being a hydroscopic product absorbs water and affects the mileage of the vehicle, the minister said.

State Capitals (Applicable from 6:00 a.m. on 16-09-2018) Petrol Current Price(Per Lt) Petrol Previous Price(Per Lt) Change(Rs)
Petrol price in New DelhiRs.81.63 Rs.81.28 0.35
Petrol price in KolkataRs.83.49 Rs.83.14 0.35
Petrol price in MumbaiRs.89.01 Rs.88.67 0.34
Petrol price in ChennaiRs.84.85 Rs.84.49 0.36
Petrol price in GurgaonRs.82.23 Rs.81.88 0.35
Petrol price in NoidaRs.81.47 Rs.81.11 0.36
Petrol price in BangaloreRs.84.30 Rs.83.93 0.37
Petrol price in BhubaneswarRs.80.47 Rs.80.13 0.34
Petrol price in ChandigarhRs.78.59 Rs.78.25 0.34
Petrol price in HyderabadRs.86.55 Rs.86.18 0.37
Petrol price in JaipurRs.82.27 Rs.81.46 0.81
Petrol price in LucknowRs.81.31 Rs.80.94 0.37
Petrol price in PatnaRs.88.04 Rs.87.67 0.37
Petrol price in TrivandrumRs.84.70 Rs.84.62 0.08

Source for rates: Indian Oil Corporation