Saving energy: Markets to shut down by 8:30pm, wedding halls 10pm

Markets across the country will close at 8:30pm and wedding halls at 10pm under the government’s final energy conservation plan, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif announced Tuesday in an unveiling of the government’s final energy conservation plan.

He addressed a press conference flanked by Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman, Minister for Power Khurram Dastgir Khan and others after a meeting on Tuesday of the federal cabinet.

The federal cabinet approved the enforcement of the energy conservation plan with immediate effect. Its meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was held in Islamabad on Tuesday.

What’s the energy conservation plan?

In the media briefing, Asif shared that 30% reduction in electricity consumption of government institutions has been instructed by PM Shehbaz, saying that this project will save Rs62 billion annually.