Defense Minister Khawaja Asif suggested using of “365 days of sun” and manage the markets in daytime, as opposed to conventional of “opening markets at 13:00 and closing them at 1:00” as politicians look for solutions to save energy in the face of an acute crisis.
“Our markets open at 13:00 and close at 1:00. it [practice] is found nowhere in in world”, Asif wrote late on Saturday evening. “God gave our country 365 days. of sun and still we turn on the lights in dark to do business.”
If the markets set right business hours then – with Excluding Karachi – 3500 MW of electricity can be saved. “Difficult Circumstances call for hard decisions,” he added.
His proposal came the day after Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif held a five-hour meeting. up with emergency plan to reduce power cuts that roiled the country amid reports of shortages of 7000 MW.
At yesterday’s meeting, Prime Minister Shahbaz instructed to arrive at the relevant authorities up with plan to reduce load shedding within 24 hours.
The meeting was called to discuss issue of load shedding in country and problems Existence faced citizens in general and business community in specific. Federal ministers and high-ranking officials were in attendance.
Meeting took place against the backdrop of messages about hours- long load shedding in various parts of country, leaving people suffer in high temperatures.
“The prime minister asked the authorities for a contingency plan. concerned within 24 hours regarding the reduction in reducing the load on electricity,” said Minister of Information Marriyum Aurangzeb. in Statement issued after the meeting.