Chaos in the City as petrol price rises
If you are alone and cook your own food, you could have two sumptuous meals a day with Rs.81.44 — today’s price of a litre of petrol after the latest hike. Postnoon presents 10 items vis-à-vis the price of petrol that you can buy. It all shows the government has only oonche log on its mind and not the aam aadmi
There was utter chaos once again on the streets of Hyderabad on Wednesday night as soon as the Petroleum minister, S Jaipal Reddy, announced that effective midnight (Thursday), the petrol prices would increase by Rs.7.50 a litre. People rushed to fill fuel resulting in heavy traffic jams. For motorists, it took nearly two hours to cover a distance as less as 2kms. There were long queues and the average waiting time was 20 minutes. “It took me about an hour and a half to travel from Punjagutta to Kompally. On regular days, it does not take me more than 40 minutes,” said M Shaji, a resident of Masab Tank. B Vishal, a businessman, said that he was stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic for an hour when he was returning home. “I wanted to fill petrol, but when I saw that there were at least 20 cars in the queue, I decided against it,” he said.
By 10.30pm, most of the petrol pumps put up a sign that read ‘no petrol’. Denizens were left surprised by the sharp price rise. “If the petrol prices were hiked by Rs.3, it would be understandable. This will increase my travel expenses by at least 10 per cent,” said JL Kamesh, an IT professional. Ekta G, a teacher says, “With such a high increase, a lot of other things will increase, especially the autorickshaw fares.” However, Anand Reddy, an economics professor, pointed out that the hike was inevitable. “The rupee is dipping dangerously. The hike was on the cards, but I did not expect it to be so soon,” he said.
June 2004: Chocolate Biscuit-Rs.5 for 85gm (16.20 pkt)
Rice Masoori – Rs.35 a kg (2.31 kg)
June 2006: Bread (13 loaves) – Rs.16 pkt (5 pkt approx.)
Potato – Rs.20 a kg (4.05 kg)
February 2008: Mineral Water -Rs.35 per 5 litres (11.5 litres)
Onion – Rs.11 a kg (7.30 kg)
December 2010: Milk – Rs.17 a 500ml (4.75 litre)
Tuvar Dal – Rs.75 a kg (1.08 kg)
Cooking Oil – Rs.85 a litre (952 gm)
A bus ride (ac) from Koti to Patancheru – Rs.42 one way