Pune: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday said his cabinet would discuss about the recent hike in petrol prices but hinted that it may not possible to reduce the tax in the state.

"We will discuss the issue in cabinet. But we have to be discreet in deciding on reduction in state tax on petrol as Maharashtra is facing a drought like situation needing funds to spend on various developmental works", he told reporters on the sidelines of a function at Mahabaleshwar near here.

Chavan also denied that the tax levied on petrol in Maharashtra was on the higher side as compared to other states.

He said the Centre's decision to hike petrol prices was "inevitable" in view of the increased import cost of crude oil and depreciation of the rupee.
"Petrol prices can be lowered if the gulf countries reduced them," he added.


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