New Delhi Runs Out of Petrol?

by Azreel | January 9th, 2009

New Delhi India is running out of petrol?

Get ready, the commodity crunch is coming.  From the article:

Sixty to seventy percent of petrol pumps have gone dry already as employees of public sector oil firms continue their strike.

There are 413 petrol pumps in Delhi and of these 250 had run out of fuel by late Thursday night, according to Ashok Badhwar, president of the federation. But of the 413 around 100 are run by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), which are selling fuel, as HPCL employees have stayed out of the strike.

Our modern economy is incredibly fragile, despite its efficiency. Delivery on demand (Just In Time delivery) has some serious drawbacks when supply can’t scale (or in this case is constrained from being able) to meet demand. Strikes like the one in New Delhi can become deadly within an incredibly short amount of time.

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