LUCKNOW : Petrol and diesel prices in Uttar Pradesh will go up by 2.5 and Re 1 respectively from Monday midnight as the government increased VAT.The Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol has been increased to 26.80 per cent or 16.74 per litre (whichever is higher) and on diesel 17.48 per cent or 9.41 per litre (whichever is higher), according to an official order.

The order will come into effect from Monday midnight.

In Lucknow, the petrol will now cost 73.65 per litre, while diesel will cost 65.34 per litre. Earlier, the petrol was sold at 71.30 per litre and diesel at 64.36 per litre, official sources said.

A senior government official said with this decision, the state exchequer will get additional 3,000 crore annually and the money will be used in developmental projects.

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