• Wed. Feb 1st, 2023

Saving energy: Markets to shut down by 8:30pm, wedding halls 10pm


Federal ministers Sherry Rehman (from left to right), Khawaja Asif and Khurram Dastgir Khan address a press conference after a federal cabinet meeting on January 3, 2022. — Screengrab
Federal ministers Sherry Rehman (from left to right), Khawaja Asif and Khurram Dastgir Khan address a press conference after a federal cabinet meeting on January 3, 2022. — Screengrab

Markets across the country will close at 8:30pm and wedding halls at 10pm under the government’s final energy conservation plan, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif announced Tuesday in an unveiling of the government’s final energy conservation plan.

He addressed a press conference flanked by Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman, Minister for Power Khurram Dastgir Khan and others after a meeting on Tuesday of the federal cabinet.

In the media briefing, Asif shared that 30% reduction in electricity consumption of government institutions will be introduced, saying that this project will save Rs62 billion annually.

“We need to change our lifestyle,” Asif said, talking about how Pakistan’s routine differs from the rest of the world. He said that unlike other countries, Pakistan keeps its markets and restaurants open till 1-2am.

Sharing more points from the plan, Asif said that electric fans will not be produced after July 1. “We use 29,000 megawatts of electricity in the summer — 17,000MW more [usage] than [in] the winter — and 12,000MW in winter,” he said, adding that electricity consumption should be reduced.

This is a developing story and is being updated with more detail.



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