Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has suggested taking advantage of “365 days of sunshine” and operating markets in the daytime as opposed to the convention of “opening markets at 1 pm and closing them at 1 am”.
“Our marketplaces are open from 1 p.m. until 1 a.m. This [tradition] is not found anywhere else on the planet “Late Saturday night, Khawaja Asif tweeted. “God has blessed our country with 365 days of brightness, yet we conduct business in the dark.”
With Karachi excluded, 3,500MW of electricity can be saved if markets determine the correct business hours. “Difficult situations need difficult judgments,” he continued.
ھماری مارکیٹیں دوپہر 1بجےکھلتی ھیں،رات1بجےبند ھوتی ھیں دنیا میں یہ کہیں نہیں ھوتا.اللہ نے ھمارےوطن کو365 دن سورج کی روشنی بخشی ھےھم اندھیرے میں لائٹ جلا کرکاروبار کرتےھیں.اگرمارکیٹیں ٹائم درست کرلیں تو کراچی کےبغیر3500 میگاواٹ بجلی بچتی ھے.مشکل حالات ھیں مشکل فیصلوں کی ضرورت ھے
— Khawaja M. Asif (@KhawajaMAsif) June 4, 2022
His offer came a day after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif convened a marathon five-hour meeting to devise an “emergency plan” aimed at minimizing power outages that have engulfed the country due to 7,000MW of power shortages. PM Shehbaz directed relevant authorities to come up with a plan to reduce load-shedding within 24 hours during yesterday’s meeting.
The conference was scheduled to discuss the issue of load-shedding in the country, as well as the challenges that residents and businesses are facing. Ministers and high-ranking officials from the federal government were in attendance.
The meeting took place in the midst of reports of long-term load-shedding in several parts of the country, allowing people to endure extreme heat.
“The prime has requested an emergency plan from the appropriate agencies within 24 hours about the reduction in energy load-shedding,” Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said after the meeting.