New Delhi: The price of non-subsidised cooking gas (LPG), which customers buy after consuming their quota of subsidised cylinders, was hiked by a steep Rs220 per bottle on Wednesday on firming international rates.

The 14.2-kg cooking gas cylinder that consumers buy beyond their entitled nine bottles at subsidised rates, will now cost Rs1,241, up from Rs1,021 in Delhi, state-owned fuel retailers said.

This is the third increase in non-subsidised LPG rates in the past month.

The price was hiked by Rs63 a cylinder to Rs1,017.50 on 1 December. It was increased by a further Rs3.50 to Rs1,021 on 11 December, when the government raised the commission for LPG dealers and distributors.

The government had in September 2012 capped the supply of subsidised domestic LPG cylinders to six per household in a year. The quota was raised to nine bottles per household in a year in January 2013. Any requirement above this limit has to be purchased at market rates.

There is no restriction on the number of non-subsidised cylinders that a consumer can buy.

State-owned oil companies revise rates of non-subsidised LPG on the 1st of every month, based on the average imported cost and rupee-US dollar rate during the previous month.

A subsidised, 14.2-kg cylinder of LPG costs Rs414 in Delhi. Officials said state-owned oil firms currently lose Rs762.70 per cylinder on the sale of subsidised LPG. Non-subsidised LPG rates in Mumbai have been increased to Rs1,264.50 per cylinder from Rs1,038.

International LPG rates have firmed up due to increased winter heating demand, they said.

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