| GEO Pakistan|
| Two weekly offs announced for govt offices|
| Updated at: 1524 PST, Thursday, April 22, 2010|
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said the use of air-conditioners at the government offices would not be allowed before 11am, Geo News reported Thursday.
He said while talking to a media briefing that the shops and commercial centers would be closed after 8pm except necessary businesses like pharmacy and bakeries etc..
The power supply to billboards would be cut off immediately, he said adding 50 percent less lights would be used in the government offices including those of the President and the PM.
Government offices would have two weekly offs, he announced adding the industries would announce alternative weekly offs.
The decision regarding two weekly holidays will applicable till July 31, he clarified.
The power quota to Karachi from Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) has been slashed by 300 Megawatts from 650 MWs, he said adding now Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) will receive only 350 MWs.
No officer below 20 grade would be entitled to use air-conditioner, he said adding if someone does so, he would be grilled.
The marriage halls would be allowed to have function for only three hours, he said.
The electricity would not be provided to agricultural sector in peak hours.
At least 1300 MWs would come into system by the end of the year, he said.