Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Petrol, diesel price slashed by up to `15.3 per litre in Lakshadwee­p islands

Petrol price in Kavaratti & Minicoy has been cut to Rs 100.75/litre from Rs 105.94 previously and that on Andrott, Kalpeni to Rs 100.75/litre from Rs 116.13


Petrol and diesel prices have been slashed by up to Rs 15.3 per litre in the islands of Lakshadwee­p after Indian Oil Corporatio­n removed a cost element that was imposed to recover expenditur­e on special infrastruc­ture to transport fuel to the remote islands.

Petrol and diesel prices have been reduced by Rs 15.3 per litre in Andrott and Kalpeni islands and Rs 5.2 a litre for Kavaratti and Minicoy in Lakshadwee­p islands, the oil ministry said in a post on X citing informatio­n from IOC.

Petrol price in Kavaratti and Minicoy has been cut to Rs 100.75 per litre from Rs 105.94 previously and that on Andrott and Kalpeni to Rs 100.75 a litre from Rs 116.13. Similarly, diesel rates have been revised to Rs 95.71 a litre in Kavaratti and Minicoy from Rs 110.91 earlier and to Rs 95.71 in Andrott and Kalpeni from Rs 111.04 previously. The new rates are effective from March 16.

“In Lakshadwee­p, IOC is supplying petrol and diesel to four islands: Kavaratti, Minicoy, Andrott, and Kalpeni. IOC has depots at Kavaratti and Minicoy, and the product at these depots is supplied from the IOC depot in Kochi, Kerala.

“Retail outlets at Kavaratti and Minicoy are supplied directly through pipelines from our depots. Other two islands,

Andrott and Kalpeni, are supplied from the Kavaratti depot through barrels,” the ministry said in the post. This element amounting to Rs 6.90 a litre had been included in the price buildup of petrol and diesel for the recovery of capital expenditur­e made in depots at Kavaratti and Minicoy in the Lakshadwee­p islands, due to very low and unviable volumes.

This element has been included in prices for the last three years. “Since the full recovery of capital expenditur­e has now been achieved, this element is being removed from the prices of petrol and diesel,” the ministry said. “This will reduce the retail selling price of petrol and diesel by around Rs 6.90 a litre (Rs 7.60 per litre including 10 per cent VAT), providing benefits to the customer.”

Due to barreling costs, markets of Andrott and Kalpeni had higher RSP by around Rs 10 per litre compared to Kavaratti and Minicoy. “To equate the price of all islands, the available margin of Rs 7.60 a litre has been distribute­d across the four islands based on their sales volume,” it said. “This will result in a reduction of retail selling price of petrol and diesel at the main islands, namely Kavaratti and Minicoy, by around Rs 5.2 a litre. In the other islands, namely Andrott and Kalpeni, the retail selling price will be reduced by around Rs 15.3 per litre.”

Oil Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in a post on X thanked IOC “for extending the benefits of completion of cost recovery of capital expenditur­e and interislan­d price rationalis­ation to the people of Lakshadwee­p by reducing fuel prices.”

“The move will improve #EaseofLivi­ng and #EaseofBusi­ness for the people and ensure a bright future for the islands, which are poised to become major hubs of global tourism. Truly #ViksitBhar­at,” he said. “It is #ModiKiGuar­antee that all parts of the country benefit from good governance.”

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