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Punjab, KP govts reject energy conservation plan of federal govt

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments have rejected the federal government’s plan of early closure of markets and wedding halls to save energy.

Punjab and KP governments said that the federal government did not consult them over the early closure of markets, wedding centers, and other measures related to energy conservation plan.

Mian Aslam Iqbal, Senior Minister of Punjab said the ‘imported government’ decision of early closure of markets at 8:30pm was not acceptable.

He said, “Punjab government will take own decision to close the markets at 8 pm.”

Meanwhile, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government also showed a similar concern about the new plan of the federal government.

On Tuesday, the federal government order the early closure of the commercial markets and wedding halls in a bid to conserve electricity.

All the markets will be closed at 8:30pm while wedding halls will have to be shut down at 10pm.

Federal Ministers Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Khurram Dastgir, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Sherry Rehman and Abdul Wasay stated this in a joint press conference in Islamabad.

Federal Ministers addressed the press conference on Tuesday soon after the federal cabinet approved the energy conservation plan.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that the government has decided to take measures to reduce energy consumption and fuel imports bill as well.

He said that the government would encourage the usage of energy efficient appliances.

Khawaja Asif said, “We continue to use inefficient appliances with fans alone consuming around 12,000 Megawatts of power at peak.”

Defence Minister said that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has had directed the government to lower power bill of all federal government institutions by 30 percent.

Premier also wants to discourage the use of unnecessary lights and other such appliances.

He said that the federal cabinet has given approval to enforce an energy saving plan with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, Energy Division Minister Khurram Dastgir said that energy conversation was the only way to reduce power bills and imports of fuel.

Javed Mahmood
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