New timings for markets, restaurants, marriage halls unveiled



Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Iqbal Memon on Saturday issued new orders to shut down markets and shopping malls in the metropolis by 8:30pm.The development comes a day after the federal government instructed the Sindh government to enforce the energy conservation plan, as per which all markets will be shut at 8:30 pm.

Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination wrote a letter to Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, urging to ensure the implementation of energy conservation plan across the province.In a letter addressed to all deputy commissioners, the Karachi commissioner has directed authorities concerned to ensure closure of markets by 8:30pm and restaurants, wedding halls at 10pm.

The letters urged DCs to execute the energy saving plan devised by the federal government in their respective districts.The move is a part of the government’s energy conservation plan announced by Shehbaz Sharif govt last month.

Briefing media about the decisions taken in a cabinet meeting, Khawaja Asif had said that the energy conservation plan would help Pakistan to save 8,000 to 9,000 megawatts of electricity and Rs62 billion in a year.