In a significant step, the Power Division has decided to turn off commercial feeders across the nation from 7 to 10 p.m. to save energy in the face of rising oil costs, according to reports released on Thursday.
According to a report by Geo News, which cited sources, the division decided to preserve electricity as part of the government’s goal to reduce fuel expenses.
According to the source, the Ministry of Energy has developed a summary in this respect in order to obtain cabinet clearance.
According to the sources, the commercial feeders would not be load-shedding throughout the day, saving around 5,000MW.
“From 7 p.m. until 11 p.m., the supply to tube well feeders will be discontinued, saving 3,000MW of power,” they added.
After shopkeepers declined to close markets early, the Power Division will approach the government and the prime minister for approval of these actions.
The move comes as oil prices on the world market soar, making it harder for officials to get the fuel owing to diminishing stockpiles.
Earlier in the day, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif emphasised the need to work together to address the country’s present problem.
According to the defence minister, citizens may save a lot of power if they start their enterprises early in the morning and finish by Maghrib prayers. He stated that conserving power equates to conserving oil.
The minister asked the government to enforce the ban with all its might and asked the public to embrace it.
“It will help the ordinary man, and lower-cost commodity purchasing will become a possibility.”
He stated that the government will shoulder the responsibility for lowering inflation and easing the hardships of the ordinary man. He predicted that if the Russian-Ukraine conflict ended, petrol costs would fall.