Pakistan Issues National Energy Policy; Neon Signs and All Night Wedding Parties Out
The Prime Minister of Pakistan issued a national energy policy to help lessen the impact of the country’s growing power crisis and placate protests from citizens.
Prime Minister Yousof Raza Gilani ordered the following measures, which are in effect immediately:
- Official weekend will be extended from one day to two days, Saturday and Sunday.
- Government offices to reduce 50% of power usage, bans air conditioning earlier than 11 AM
- Markets are forced to close at 8 PM
- Neon signs and brightly-lit billboards are banned
- Marriage halls are not allowed to host all-night parties with wedding celebrations required to only last for three hours
- The power supply to the industrial capital and main port Karachi will be reduced by 300 MW a day
The effectiveness of the above-mentioned measures will be reviewed by end of July.
Pakistan is currently generating only two thirds of its needed electricity. The new policy will help save around 500 megawatts of electricity per day. This will help stop unannounced blackouts and reduce scheduled power outages by 33 percent.