{Do} we have plenty to waste..!


Every season has some memories and some little pleasures in it. Most of us enjoy the significance of almost, every season. You definitely recall something in your mind when you think about any season, whether its your favorite or not.

That something can be a good or may be a bad reminder but now, in Pakistan, summer has attached that “something” as just only a bad reminder to all…

Now when ever we think about summer, we think about the load shedding instead of those cool sleeps at noon and the outings with the family at midnight.

There is no one who is not aware of the energy crisis of Pakistan. Everyone is affected by this but practically; no one acts to overcome this problem…

The government is responsible but we are equally responsible for this situation. (Basically I m pointing towards the domestic use of electricity.)


But that’s not all…

We have something which is not visible to common people but it is costing us a lot!

A few days back I saw a billboard in front of the main gate of “Model Town Central Park” that its lights were on at about 08:30am. I stopped for a while to have a look and found that the lights of the second bill board were also on. Then I made a trip to observe the others and was really amazed that none of the lights were turned off even at the day time. (see the lights in all the pictures)

And even that’s not all…

Yesterday, I saw another billboard on Maulana Shaukat Ali Road which had its lights lit even at afternoon.

It is obvious that they use a heavy “rod lights”, which definitely consumes a significant Watts of electricity, to light the full billboard and with average; each billboard has at least three lights of same kind.

As Lahore has more than 6000 billboards which are run by the electricity; try to multiply the number of Watts and the number of billboards. When you are finished, try to multiply the number of Watts with the number of the billboards in the whole country where the electric tubes (rods) are never turned off.


The frustrations are already coming from all the corners of the country and even from the Metroblogging as well.
Load we share
What is the Solutions for load shedding / blackouts?
End of load shedding.
Solutions for the power crisis.

These are just a few..

Government has ordered to shut the markets at 20:00hrs and turn off the billboards using lights by 20:00hrs everyday but who is gonna actually check that whether the markets are closed or not and about the billborards, not to speak of the night they are not even turned off at the day time.

Now here is the question; “Do we have that much energy to waste like this?”

5 Comments so far

  1. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 1:21 pm

    Someone was telling me that they do it on purpose.

    Most of the times, these billboards are switched off during the night-time due to neglect and when end of the month is near, they keep it lit 24 hrs to cover the units that their client has paid them for.

    Evil practice though…

  2. Urban_Soul (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 2:51 pm

    I’m a great supporter of green technologies.We should make sincere efforts of making solar panels affordable to public and switch our lighting load at least to solar panels and wind turbines in rural areas.In china they are drawing their lighting load,running geysers and doing their cooking all from solar energy.I hope some businessman catches on the idea and start making the same commercial solar powered chinese systems here in pakistan.

  3. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

    I saw lights on during daytime on Main Blvrd a week or so back, and i was surprised, what is this? is there nobody to take the responsibility? and how can we inform some authority about this?


  4. man! (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 7:54 am

    @ Hassan
    I’s not aware of that fact..
    if its true, I can’t understand that why don’t we have some rules to re adjust our old things again in the new tenure..
    that’s the same thing with the budget..
    you have to consume the whole amount ‘coz the new budget is gonna be announced..
    then our government departments spend them lavishly but not for the public welfare..

    @Urban soul
    man solar panels are too expensive..
    even a panel which is not able to run your computer costs more than Rs: 15000
    n u r talking about electrifying the heavy duty lights..

    but wind energy is really a good alternative..

    @ Pretty Simple
    even I don’t knoe to which authority we should report..
    but the maater of fact is that they are already aware of it..

    what about calling 15..?
    ‘coz it is an emergency..! lol…

  5. yawar (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 7:36 pm

    can you have the annual consumtion report from any authorized department

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