The federal government has made a major announcement to save electric power in Pakistan. As per the new directives, the markets will be closed by 8:30 PM to reduce electricity usage across the country.
Federal Minister for Defense Khawaja Asif briefed the media after the meeting of the federal cabinet held today. While talking to the media, he said that electricity consumption will be reduced to 30 per cent in federal institutions. He added that in order to set an example, the federal cabinet used no electronic devices in today’s meeting and used natural light.
According to the new energy-saving policy, marriage halls across the country will be closed at 10:00 PM and all markets by 8:30 PM. Further, the manufacturing of electric fans will be stopped from July 1 this year. Khawaja Asif said that all government institutions would buy energy-efficient equipment, and curb the use of unnecessary electric appliances. He added that the cabinet had decided to ban commonly used bulbs from February 1. The new energy programme is expected to save Rs62 billion.