Punjab takes steps for energy conservation

Express April 20, 2010

LAHORE: A meeting of the Punjab governments high officials has concluded that steps will be taken by the province to save energy.

Chaired by the chief secretary of Punjab, the meeting decided that air conditioning in government offices will not be switched on until 11:00 am.

Also, only half the lighting installed in offices will be used. Two out of every three street lights will be utilised in the province and all will be switched off early morning. Lights for decoration purposes on buildings, fountains, and canals will be kept off, while for billboards and advertising signs only solar energy will be used.

It was also decided that minimum lighting will be used in CNG and petrol stations, restaurants and wedding receptions.

Earlier, Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Sharif formed a committee to devise an energy-saving plan in public offices in the province.

The committee will be headed by Senior Adviser to PM, Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa. The committee's strategy would be to find ways to reduce the consumption of electricity in provincial government offices.

The move aims to provide more relief to the people from electricity loadsheddinng as it will cut down the demand-load faced by power companies.

Reduction in power consumption will be made in offices of the chief secretary, IG Punjab, commissioners etc, after beginning from the Chief Minister House.


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