NEW DELHI: Fuel prices have once again gone up on Friday morning in Delhi and Mumbai, strengthening the demand for government intervention among commuters.
In New Delhi, petrol is being sold 48 paise higher at Rs 79.99 per litre, while the price of diesel has been increased by 52 paise to Rs.72.07 per litre.
On the other hand, petrol is being sold at Rs 87.39 per litre, and diesel at Rs.76.51 per litre in Mumbai.
Speaking to ANI, a citizen from New Delhi, Navita, said the consistent surge in fuel prices is creating an additional burden, mainly for middle-class families.
"The government policies should be public oriented. If the government is willing to do so, they can do," she added.
NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar had earlier said the government need not respond to daily or weekly changes in the oil prices as they declined in July after showing northward movement a month ago.
“Weekly, daily or periodic changes in global oil and commodity prices are to be observed but don’t necessarily have to be responded. The prices rose in June but then declined in July. Is not it? Same situation may happen again, therefore policy cannot be a knee-jerk reaction to periodic events in the markets,” Kumar said.
Furthermore, a local from Mumbai said, "The middle-class and poor are suffering every day due to hike in fuel prices. Due to a surge in fuel prices, there is also a hike in the prices of other things. The government should take necessary steps to curb this issue."
The constant surge in fuel prices has led the opposition parties to blame the Narendra Modi government for not doing enough for citizens.
However, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said the surge in fuel prices was a result of the rise in crude oil prices in the international market, and declining value of the Indian Rupee against the US dollar.
In the wake of the rise in fuel prices, the Congress Party has announced a Bharat Bandh on September 10. (With inputs from ANI)