Aviation Turbine Fuel price cut 23 per cent, costs one-third of petrol, diesel rates


New Delhi: Jet gasoline (ATF) costs have been slashed by a steep 23 per cent according to a hunch in worldwide oil costs and it now costs about one-third of petrol and diesel whose rates proceed to be frozen for the 50th day on Sunday (May 3).

On May 3, aviation turbine gasoline price was cut by Rs 6,812.62 per kilolitre, or 23.2 per cent, to Rs 22,544.75 per kl within the nationwide capital, based on a price notification by state-owned oil advertising corporations. ATF, which is used as a gasoline in aeroplanes, now costs lower than one-third of the price of petrol utilized in vehicles and two-wheelers. A litre of petrol in Delhi comes for Rs 69.59 whereas jet gasoline is priced at Rs 22.54 per litre.

Diesel, used largely in vans, buses and tractors, is priced at Rs 62.29 per litre.

In truth, even market priced or non-subsidised kerosene is less expensive than petrol and diesel after its rates have been cut 13.3 per cent to Rs 39,678.47 per kl (Rs 39.67 per litre), based on the notification.

This the steepest cut ever and sixth discount in ATF costs since February.

Since February, jet gasoline costs have been cut by nearly two-thirds. ATF price in Delhi earlier than the discount cycle started in February was Rs 64,323.76 per kl and now costs Rs 22,544.75 per kl.

Similar discount has been effected in different metro cities as properly.

While the oil PSUs have often revised ATF costs, they’ve since March 16 saved petrol and diesel costs on maintain ostensibly on account of excessive volatility within the worldwide oil markets.

Petrol and diesel costs have been frozen quickly after the federal government raised excise obligation on the 2 fuels by Rs 3 per litre every to mop up good points arising from falling worldwide rates.

Oil corporations, as a substitute of passing on the excise hike to customers, determined to regulate them in opposition to the discount required as a result of of the drop in worldwide oil costs. They used the identical device and didn’t cross on the Re 1 per litre hike required for switching over to ultra-clean BS-VI grade gasoline from April 1.

Market analysts, nevertheless, stated the identical volatility was witnessed in ATF costs as properly however that has not stopped the oil corporations from passing on the cut to airways.

More importantly, no airline has been working since mid-March in view of restrictions positioned to examine the unfold of coronavirus, but oil corporations have continued to revise downward jet gasoline costs.

In truth, oil corporations used to revise ATF costs on the first of each month however they on March 21 adopted fortnightly revisions to cross on the profit of falling worldwide oil costs to the airways.

Even non-PDS or market priced kerosene price has seen price discount much like ATF. It was priced at Rs 65,815.47 per kl in January.
Though the federal government had deregulated petrol and diesel costs, price modifications have been previously placed on maintain by public sector oil corporations Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) for causes that seem like non-commercial.

There was a 19-day price freeze on petrol and diesel forward of the Karnataka polls in May 2018 regardless of worldwide gasoline costs going up by almost USD 5 a barrel. However, no sooner have been the elections over, they quickly handed on to prospects the specified enhance — over 16-straight days post-May 14, 2018, petrol price climbed by Rs 3.8 per litre and diesel by Rs 3.38.

Similarly, they’d stopped revising gasoline costs for nearly 14 days forward of the meeting elections in Gujarat in December 2017.
These corporations had additionally imposed a freeze on petrol and diesel costs between January 16, 2017, and April 1, 2017, when meeting elections in 5 states — Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur — have been held.

During the 2019 normal elections, they moderated the revision by not passing on all of the specified enhance in rates to customers, trade sources stated. And rates started to rise a day after the ultimate section of polling for Lok Sabha elections ended. 

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