A brick manufacturer has two depots, A and B, with stocks of 30,000 and 20,000 bricks respectively. He receives orders from three builders PQand R for 15,000, 20,000 and 15,000 bricks respectively. The cost in Rs transporting 1000 bricks to the builders from the depots are given below:  














How should the manufacturer fulfill the orders so as to keep the cost of transportation minimum? 


Correct option is

x = 0, y = 0, Z = 1200 & Thus, the manufacturer should supply 0, 20 and 10 thousand bricks to builders PQ and R from depot A and 15, 0 and 5 thousand bricks to builders PQ and R from depot B respectively. In this case the minimum transportation cost will be Rs 1200


Let the depot A transport x thousand bricks to builder P and y thousand bricks to builder Q. Then, the above LPP can be stated mathematically as follows:   

     Minimize Z = 30x – 30y + 1800   

Subject to   

     x + y ≤ 30

           x ≤ 15

           y ≤ 20   

     x + y ≥ 15   

and,  x ≥ 0, y ≥ 0   

To solve this LPP graphically, we first convert inequations into equations and then draw the corresponding lines. The feasible region of the LPP is shaded in fig. The coordinates of the corner points of the feasible regionA2PQB3B2 are A2(15, 0), P(15, 15), Q (10, 20), B(0, 20) and B2 (0, 15). These points have been obtained by solving the corresponding intersecting lines simultaneously. 

The values of the objective function at the corner points of the feasible region are given in the following table. 




Point (xy)

Value of the objective function

         Z = 30x – 30y + 1800    

A (15, 0)

P (15, 15)

Q (10, 20)

B3 (0, 20)

B2 (0, 15)

Z = 30 × 15 – 30 × 0 + 1800 = 2250

Z = 30 × 15 – 30 × 15 + 1800 = 1800

Z = 30 × 10 – 30 × 20 + 1800 = 1500

Z = 30 × 0 – 30 × 20 + 1800 = 1200

Z = 30 × 0 – 30 × 15 + 1800 = 1350    

Clearly, Z is minimum at x = 0, y = 20 and the minimum value of Z is 1200.    

Thus, the manufacturer should supply 0, 20 and 10 thousand bricks to builders PQ and R from depot A and 15, 0 and 5 thousand bricks to builders PQ and R from depot B respectively. In this case the minimum transportation cost will be Rs 1200.   




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Cost (in Rs)













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