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Whither 8 pm deadline? It was business as usual

THE STATE government order for compulsory closure of markets by 8 pm every day and the UPPCL appeal for saving electricity in view of prevailing power shortage in the State have found few takers in the State Capital.

india Updated: May 06, 2006 01:45 IST

THE STATE government order for compulsory closure of markets by 8 pm every day and the UPPCL appeal for saving electricity in view of prevailing power shortage in the State have found few takers in the State Capital.

It was business as usual in all the markets. Shops, commercial establishments, hotels, restaurants and private banks were all open in Hazratganj, Janpath, Lalbagh, Narhi, and Bhootnath even after 8.30 pm. In fact, the same held true for any other market.

The fully air-conditioned Saharaganj was packed with visitors till late evening as also the East End Mall in Gomti Nagar. On the Shahnazaf Road even car show rooms were seen open around 8.30 pm. Neither the traders nor the customers bothered about the Government orders. “Government passes such orders every year only to be ignored,” commented a businessman in Hazrtatganj. The orders issued by principal secretary (Labour) Anil Kumar Gupta on Thursday directed all business establishments and shops to down the shutters by 8 pm till further orders. He claimed that all the divisional commissioners, district magistrates and regional/additional/deputy labour commissioners had been asked to ensure strict compliance of the orders. But evidently the Government failed to get its orders implemented in the State Capital leave alone other towns. The fate of the appeal issued the UPPCL management urging the people and the municipalities to cut down the use of electricity was no different.

The appeal issued in the form of big newspaper ads said, among other things, that street lights in the State should not be switched on before 7 pm, the use of decoration lights, neo-sign board and glow sign board should not be made for next two months, and minimum use of air-conditioners should be made.  

On Friday, however, streetlights were on since 6 pm in various localities, including Indiranagar. In the Krishi Bhawan, even powerful halogen lamps were on well before 6.30 pm. The lights and fans were seen on in various rooms in Jawahar Bhawan and Indira Bhawan at 8.30 pm. Also, glow signs and the hoardings heavily lit everywhere as usual.

Many people termed the appeal as not tenable. AK Gupta, a resident of Indiranager, retorted by saying, “Why ask us not to use ACs etc.? They should increase their power generation instead of issuing appeals every year.”

On the other hand, Akhil Bhartiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal convener Sandeep Bansal said it was not possible for traders to close their shops by 8 pm. He demanded the they should be allowed to open their establishments at least till 9 pm. as customers did not step out of their homes before 6 pm these days due to prevailing heat waves.