**LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: The administration of the capital of Islamabad and the government of Punjab have decided to implement an energy saving program, due to a growing energy deficit and persistent power shedding .
“Markets will close at 9 p.m., wedding venues at 10 p.m. and restaurants and hotels at 11:30 p.m. The notification will be valid for the next two months,” reads the notification issued by the Capital Deputy Commissioner.
The move comes after Sindh implemented an emergency energy crisis to narrow the gap between energy demand and supply and reduce load shedding.
“There is an urgent need to take effective measures for energy conservation in Islamabad Capital Territory by carrying out business activities in daylight without causing possible negative effects on business activities so that the electricity remains available for critical establishments,” he said.
- Hospitals and laboratories
- Commercial Ambulance Service Areas
- Medical clinics
- Pharmacies and medical stores (sale of medical and pharmaceutical products only, all other sections of the store must remain closed/closed)
- Gas pumps (retail fuel services only)
- Tire repair shops
- Service areas, Bus stops
- Sabzi Mandi
- Milk shops
- Any other essential activity expressly exempted by notification
The provincial decisions come after the federal cabinet announced a decision to cut the duration of load shedding from several hours to two hours by the end of this month.
Punjab has also taken a similar step, gaining support from most traders. The notification will be implemented from June 20. “There would be no market closing hours on Saturday, however, it will remain closed on Sunday or Friday,” he said.
- Markets close at 9 p.m.
- Restaurants and food markets will close at 11:30 p.m.
The President of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mian Nauman Kabir, was supportive of the decision and announced his support for the government’s initiative during the current difficult times.
However, some businessmen did not support him and urged the government to keep markets open until 10 p.m.