New Delhi: In what could disturb the kitchen budget of the housewives, after fuel, edible oil, eggs, milk, now cooking gas cylinders to cost more from today as the state-owned oil marketing companies (OMCs) have increased the price of 14.2 kg LPG cylinders by Rs 25.5 a cylinder and 19-kg cylinder by Rs 76.5 a cylinder with effect from July 1.
The 14-kg domestic LPG cylinders will now cost Rs 834.5 a cylinder in Delhi and Mumbai from Rs 809 a cylinder charged in June. Among the metros, the price of cooking will cost the most in Kolkata with a price of Rs 861 a cylinder, followed by Chennai with a price of Rs 850.50 a cylinder.
Similarly, the 19-kg LPG cylinder will now cost Rs 1550 a cylinder in New Delhi from the earlier price of Rs 1473.5.
In the last six months, LPG prices had risen by Rs 140 per 14.2-kg cylinder.
The LPG price increase comes when petrol and diesel prices are at all-time highs across the country and are inching towards a three-digit figure in several metro cities.
LPG is only available at market prices throughout the country, though the government provides subsidies to a select group of consumers.
Since November of last year, international crude oil and petroleum product prices have been steadily rising. As India is largely import-dependent on crude oil and the prices are market-linked, the increase in global prices increases the domestic cost of petroleum products.