City petrol pumps witnessed serpentine queues on Tuesday evening as motorists lined up to tank up on fuel before the Rs 2.96 rise in petrol prices came into effect at midnight.
"I went to a petrol pump in Jogeshwari at 7 pm and there was already a queue of 15 cars," said Maroof Sheikh, a post-graduate student, who whizzes around the city on a motorcycle.
"This petrol price hike is going to burn a big hole in my pocket money," rued Sheikh, whose monthly fuel bills so far added up to Rs 5,000.
While a Churchgate petrol pump said that petrol prices would rise from the current Rs 57.50 per litre to Rs 60.74 per litre, another at Mahim quoted the current price at Rs 57.34, which would rise to Rs 60.30 post midnight on Tuesday.
For engineer Altaf Abbaswala the impact of the petrol price hike is going to be multi-layered.
"I am more worried about the cascading effect of the hike on cost of living. Onions are already priced at Rs 45 a kilogram. Food inflation continues to be high. Commodity prices are bound to go after the fuel price hike," said the south Mumbai resident.
Rishikesh Javkar, a cameraman, is already planning on how to cut down on his travel. "My budget for petrol is limited. Such hikes in quick succession are very hard to digest," said the 35-year-old who uses his car to commute for work and his professional assignments.
"I am really happy that out auto rickshaws, taxis and BEST buses run on compressed natural gas (CNG), the price for which remains unchanged. A fare hike for public transport would really pinch," said Swati Maheshwari, an Andheri resident.
Green activists were the only ones who saw a silver lining to petrol price hike. "Fuel hike is going to be a constant reality now. So it's high time we plan our cities for non-motorized modes of transport," said Rishi Agarwal, director of institutional relations for The Center for Sustainable Transport.
He added that people should adopt eco-friendly means such as cycling and walking, which would not only help save petrol and lower pollution levels but also help them lead a healthier life.