Gas Refill

Gas prices could go up by as much as Rs. 70 a cylinder, as the state withdraws its subsidy and Shell battles it out with the Consumer Affairs Authority. Gas prices could go up by as much as Rs. 70 a cylinder, as the state withdraws its subsidy and Shell battles it out with the Consumer Affairs Authority. A 12.5-kilo cylinder of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) could shoot up from Rs. 620 to Rs. 690, after a state subsidy of Rs. 67 a cylinder lapsed earlier this month.

Prices of gas as well as other fuels were being held steady, despite soaring world prices, with the government finally consenting to raise only petrol prices by Rs. 8 last week.

“We are talking to the Consumer Affairs Authority about raising prices based on a pricing formula, but are still discussing exactly how much and when,” Director Sales at Shell Gas, Radesh Daluwatte told LBO.

“The subsidy lapsed on July 19, and the Treasury wanted one week grace to evaluate whether to extend the subsidy or not. Negotiations are still going on.”

The company has also been lobbying the Consumer Affairs Authority for a price stabilisation fund, cushioning users against future price shocks.