Traders, restaurant owners reject govt’s decision: energy conservation plan

Canada Global (Web News) The federal government’s intention to close all markets and malls by 8:30 p.m. in accordance with the new energy conservation plan was emphatically opposed by Pakistani traders and restaurant owners.

According to Ajmal Baloch, head of All-Pakistan Anjuman Tajiran (APAT), stores won’t close before 10 p.m., while eateries would stay open till 11 p.m.

Ajmal urged that government employees stop using air conditioners and heaters in their offices while procedures and allowances are granted to bureaucrats and rulers should be discontinued, calling the government’s approach for energy conservation through slowing economic growth “counter effective.”

The government has chosen to enforce the closing of markets by 8:30 pm and wedding halls at 10 pm as part of its National Energy Conservation Plan, which was first revealed on December 20. This decision was made after meetings with traders, restaurant owners, and hall owners.

The business community in response bemoaned the fact that the government opted to enforce its “unilateral” choice despite vehement protestations and assurances from the authorities.

He pointed out that since businesses pay the highest prices for electricity, it is important to develop favourable solutions for them.

The trader also recommended that street lights be turned on after 10 p.m., that excessive electricity use on national highways and motorways be decreased, and that electricity be turned off in parks and government buildings after sunset.

Muhammad Rizwan Irfan, the president of the Karachi Electronics Dealers Association, disclosed that the Sindh government talked with merchants, restaurant owners, and wedding venue owners over the energy-saving strategy.

According to him, all parties involved in the consultation meetings agreed that markets and malls should be allowed to stay open until 9 or 10 p.m., while dining establishments and wedding venues should be permitted to stay open until 11 or 12 p.m.

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