All restaurants in Lahore to close by 11pm to save electricity: Punjab govt

Published: April 25, 2013
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Close Marriage halls by 10:30pm and hotels by 11:00pm. PHOTO: FILE

Close Marriage halls by 10:30pm and hotels by 11:00pm. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: The Punjab government has ordered that all restaurants in Lahore should be closed by 11pm strict to save electricity, Express News on Thursday.

The orders were issued earlier in April and included three rulings to curb load shedding including two holidays in a week for government offices, closure of marriage halls by 10:30 pm and one of it asked all the eateries to be closed by 11pm.

Meanwhile, the traders are vehemently opposing the orders and have called a meeting today to discuss the issue.

The police has been ordered to forcibly close the hotels and restaurants by the set time and implementation will start from today.

Earlier on April 22, The Lahore High Court chief justice on Monday directed the Lahore Electricity Supply Company (Lesco) to reduce power load shedding to eight hours a day.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • citizen
    Apr 25, 2013 - 2:18PM

    what a shame . Why people being deprived of entertainment ? this is against human rights . Forceful closing eateries is no solution . I strongly protest against this decision .We have surely come to dark ages .what government did in past five years ? shame, mere shame .

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  • Max
    Apr 25, 2013 - 2:41PM

    Very good move, as in all developed countries restaurants and shops are closed by 10-11 PM during week days. We have to realise that these are luxuries which must be controlled to make room for necessities.Recommend

  • ;-) chief
    Apr 25, 2013 - 2:48PM

    Realy a good idea……most modern countries save energy by daylight…

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  • Hassnain
    Apr 25, 2013 - 2:59PM

    @citizen:
    When the federal administration is biased against a province, such a thing is the only solution

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  • Cyclops!
    Apr 25, 2013 - 3:20PM

    I dont see the big deal, I have seen the same thing happen in India, Turkey, UK, Australia and some European countries. You will get used to it.

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  • jun
    Apr 25, 2013 - 3:22PM

    excellent decision

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  • BILAL
    Apr 25, 2013 - 3:26PM

    Now they want us to not go out also, what the… !!! now govt will decide for us when to go out and eat ?

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  • BILAL
    Apr 25, 2013 - 3:28PM

    Cut the head to cure the headache.. !!

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  • AAA
    Apr 25, 2013 - 3:30PM

    If we were a nation of high moral values the ruling could have been to conserve electricity by using only 20% of available lighting, AC etc and in return keep the shops open till late and customers with high values would only go to stores complying this rule but unfortunately we are not. Therefore govt is left with no choices but enforce tough laws….in developed societies people dont water their plants unnecessarily as its a waste of a resource especially during the day ..government don’t force them but educate them…hope pakistan will be like this one day

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  • minorC
    Apr 25, 2013 - 3:36PM

    our western neighbour is indeed progressing….lol…:)

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  • doom
    Apr 25, 2013 - 4:12PM

    They won’t accept it. Just as people couldn’t understand the “complex science” of daylight saving or were somehow hugely inconvenienced by it, but is practiced all over the world, even in countries that have no energy shortage at all.

    “Eat my dinner before 11?? You must be mad!”, they’ll say.

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  • ABKhan
    Apr 25, 2013 - 4:15PM

    Another gift of from the last five years of PML-N governance in the province.

    Btw in UK, no one is forced to close the restaurant by 11 on weekdays. Its the choice of owner, when s/he closes it. In city area near bars and pubs, restaurants are opened really late. Few years ago, UK has even allowed the sale of alcohol after 11 PM. I dont know from where people get their facts!

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  • Khan
    Apr 25, 2013 - 4:35PM

    Anything that generates economic activity needs
    To be given support for us to grow!

    This is a stupid move, it will mean less business n less money!
    Also there are no such imposed rules anywhere !!

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  • Sitting in the dark
    Apr 25, 2013 - 5:19PM

    Why doesnt the govt shut down all ac’s in govt offices

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  • smj
    Apr 25, 2013 - 5:54PM

    How about candle light dinner, customers? :)

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  • Ahmad
    Apr 25, 2013 - 5:57PM

    what a stupid decision. That was the only entertaining and relaxing thing for the people of Lahore and Punjab in such a warm weather. Of course people can’t go out during the day time with temperatures rising above 40°C.

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Apr 25, 2013 - 6:10PM

    Curing cancer with disprine. Caretakers are genius.

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  • usman lateef
    Apr 25, 2013 - 6:56PM

    @ABKhan:
    nandipur n chichuki maliya power projects were stopped owing to apathy of Federal govt as 18th amendmnt does provide right to province to produce electricity but yet its obligatory to take permission from federal govt. u can google it for ur satisfaction … hope “naya Pakistan” suportrs will c the facts before criticising PMLN :)

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  • usman
    Apr 25, 2013 - 6:57PM

    @ABKhan:
    nandipur n chichuki maliya power projects were stopped owing to apathy of Federal govt as 18th amendmnt does provide right to province to produce electricity but yet its obligatory to take permission from federal govt. u can google it for ur satisfaction … hope “naya Pakistan” suportrs will c the facts before criticising PMLN :)

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  • Breaking Bad
    Apr 25, 2013 - 7:22PM

    The people of Pakistan must learn to take some blame on themselves. It is not always government’s fault. How about stop stealing electricity. Nothing wrong with day light saving and conserving energy.

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  • AAA
    Apr 25, 2013 - 8:05PM

    ABkhan….. check your facts…back in 70’s in the US speed limit to 60 mile on the highways was imposed to conserve gas…..UK may not have electricity issue but how about plastic bags, dont you have to pay for them now…??? there are million other things that the nations take it upon themselves to fight…fair traded coffee…but i think these things are too high for your thinking…bottom line is we dont have electricity in lahore…either keep these restaurants open late or have kids sleep in peace at night ….its a simple cost benefit analysis…

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  • SAL
    Apr 25, 2013 - 8:43PM

    This is so in USA. A civilized country.

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  • salman
    Apr 25, 2013 - 9:22PM

    Hope resturant workers don’t get beaten up for not serving customers after 11pm. We know certain people in our society want to be served even when the shops are closed.

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  • Apr 25, 2013 - 9:31PM

    Electricity? Does that thing exist in Lahore still?

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  • Bubba
    Apr 25, 2013 - 11:36PM

    Shutting down restaurants or any business during a non peak demand period doesn’t save power unless the power plant shuts down. It’s a “use it or lose it” proposition as the power plant produces a constant supply of energy. Real savings takes place when you move power demand from “peak” periods to non peak periods.
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    My utility company provides an incentive to use power during non peak hours – they track when your using power and charge you less during non peak hours – allows me to switch some things like laundry etc to those times when rates are low.

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  • Umair
    Apr 26, 2013 - 1:12AM

    What a stupid and amateur decision!!! You are the government not a patwari!!! Why r u taking away entertainment and employment from people just because you cant get your own house in order!!! Sethi has always criticized these kind of rules and now he himself is doing this. What an idiotRecommend

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