The prices of key transport fuels -- petrol and diesel -- continued to dive significantly on Wednesday thanks to lower global crude oil prices.
Petrol price decreased by 50 -paise across major cities while diesel too continued the downward trend.
According to the Indian Oil Corp data, petrol was priced at Rs 73.57 (a fall of 50 paise) per litre in the national capital on Wednesday.
Petrol prices declined to Rs 79.12 (a fall of 50 paise) per litre in Mumbai, Rs 75.57 (a fall of 50 paise) in Kolkata and Rs 76.35 (a fall of 50 paise) in Chennai on Wednesday.
The price of diesel too continued to follow the downward trend.
The price of diesel in Mumbai was down at Rs 71.71 (a fall of 40 paise) per litre. Similarly, prices of diesel in Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai declined to Rs 68.49 (a fall of 50 paise) per litre, Rs 70.34 (a fall of 50 paise) and Rs 72.34 (a fall of 12 paise) a litre respectively.
Brent crude prices on Monday closed at $59.2 per barrel, a 13-month low
Prices vary from region to region due to local taxes, as the products are excluded from the GST regime. Delhi has the lowest tax rate among the four metros.
The United States recently softened its stand on Iran's sanctions and gave its nod to eight countries to continue importing oil from Iran temporarily. The list of countries includes India, China, South Korea, Japan, Turkey, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, and Taiwan.
Earlier last month, the Centre announced a cut in excise duty by Rs 1.50 a litre.
Additionally, the state-owned oil marketing companies had been mandated to reduce the prices of petrol and diesel by Re 1 a litre.