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Punjab revises business timings to save electricity

CM Punjab Hamza Shahbaz says markets to close at 9pm; timings effective from Monday

By Web Desk
June 18, 2022
People can be seen shopping in a local market in Lahore on April 28, 2021. — APP/File
People can be seen shopping in a local market in Lahore on April 28, 2021. — APP/File

LAHORE: Markets across Punjab will close at 9pm from Monday, the province’s chief minister, Hamza Shahbaz, announced Saturday in the government’s bid to save electricity.

The chief minister made the announcement during a meeting with representatives from trade associations, according to an official post-meeting statement.

Updated timings:

  • Markets, shops, and businesses to shut down at 9pm
  • Marriage halls to be closed at 10pm
  • Restaurants close at 11pm
  • Traders to be given special exemption on Saturdays
  • Time limitations do not apply to medical stores

The chief minister said on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, the government will consult with the traders and adjust the timings if required.

The traders, according to the statement, have announced their complete support for the government’s steps to save energy.

Sindh's markets to also shut down at 9pm

A day earlier, the Sindh government announced that markets across the province will shut down at 9pm to save electricity as the country witnesses constant power outages.

The measure, which will remain in effect till July 16, is in response to the prevalent outages, and load shedding of the electricity and seeks to reduce the shortfall between the supply and demand of electricity, according to the notification.

According to the notification, it was decided that the morning hours must be utilised for business activities.

All markets and shopping malls shall close by 9pm, the notification said, adding that this does not extend to medical stores, pharmacies, hospitals, petrol pumps, CNG stations, bakeries and milk shops.