Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Govt Plans to Close Restaurants, Markets at 8PM to Save Rs. 62 Billion

The federal government on Tuesday announced the closure of restaurants and markets across the country by 8 pm as a new plan for energy conservation has been unveiled.

Defence Minister Khwaja Asif briefed the media on the decision taken by the federal cabinet at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. He said banquet halls would be closed by 10 pm.

“Markets in other parts of the world are shut down by 6pm but they remain open beyond midnight in Pakistan,” he said. He hoped that the decision would help Pakistan save 8,000 to 9,000 megawatts of electricity and Rs62 billion in a year.

Key Points:-

  • Asif says the restaurant’s timings may be extended an hour or so.
  • Policy to be finalized on Thursday after consultations with other provinces.
  • Kaira assures that Pakistan will not default.

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