Shops act… an act of foolishness?

I have been reading about the debate regarding the shops act for some time now, and now that it is finally being implemented on June 15th, I feel that it is definitely not the right way to go about things.

First of all, how are working persons who have a 6 day week supposed to do any shopping? The shops won’t be open before office, and will be closed by the time they get off from work.

Secondly, sunset these days is around 7:40pm, and most shops normally close by 9:30pm.

The obvious solution for this is Daylight Savings Time, which was implemented a few years ago, though with disastrous results. I still remember people talking abt meeting up at 8 o clock, and then asking “new time” or “old time”? I used to shake my head in disbelief. However, the idea of DST is very good, because by moving everything 1 hour forward, we will in effect be forcing sunrise to be at 8:40pm, and since shops normally close around 9:30, it would not matter as much. However, employees who get off at 6pm or thereabuots will have enough time to reach home or go shopping dorectly from office.

What do you people think? Is DST the way to go, or is it too radical of a concept for our public to digest (in the leagues of safe driving, civic sense, or in other words, things which our public can never be expected to do :) )

17 Comments so far

  1. Jay the big J (Jamash) (unregistered) on June 5th, 2006 @ 1:42 pm

    DST is a better solution and people will eventually learn to set their watches once they are made to practice it every year.


  2. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on June 5th, 2006 @ 2:19 pm

    Idiotic – move – rather than solve the problem they wish to enforce such stupid moves that can only hurt the people. KESC needs to be given a good washing to cleanse it of all types of corruption.

    IDIOTS


  3. Danny (unregistered) on June 5th, 2006 @ 10:48 pm

    DST is definitely the way to go but let’s be realistic — village folk and the like who do their work based on sunlight won’t be concerned with what ‘time’ it is — they still refer to time as ‘maghrib’ time or ‘zuhr’ time. DST would definitely work in the urban areas but I predict the country will have 2 ‘time zones’ when DST is implemented: Urban Standard Time and Rural Standard Time.


  4. Jay the big J (Jamash) (unregistered) on June 6th, 2006 @ 12:15 am

    Ur right Danny but our village folks don’t use much of Electricity .


  5. sheysrebellion (unregistered) on June 6th, 2006 @ 1:13 am

    Daylight savings time is just a band-aid, it helps but it doesn’t solve the real problem, we do not produce enough energy to meet our needs.

    I think the obvious, but difficult, solution is to stop expecting KESC to produce enough energy and to produce energy “privately.” I bet the larger co-op housing areas in Karachi could produce energy cheaper than KESC if they were willing to invest money in their own electricity generators. Not only would these neighborhoods have power that is more reliable, their use of private electricity would alleviate the overall load on the public electricity grid.

    It would obviously need to be developed incrementally, starting with a very small “power plant” that provides only enough energy during the periods of load shedding; slowly growing to providing enough power for half a day.

    I know I sound very idealistic, but now would be a wise time to look into and begin implementing solar electric power systems, Karachi is perfect for it.


  6. Concerned (unregistered) on June 6th, 2006 @ 1:24 am

    Why are you guys cribbing so much? Shops are closed well before 8 PM in many countries around the world. It is just a matter of getting used to it. DST should also be implemented but just imagine how much electricity can be saved by closing the shops a little early.

    As far as KESC is concerned they are working on it. It will take the new management time to turn things around. Give them some time. The new management seems sincere so lets help them.


  7. wasiq (unregistered) on June 6th, 2006 @ 2:28 am

    BELieve it or not tonight is the third night in a row that we have not had a load-shedding…surprisingly only the announcement have made a difference imagine how much the enforcement would help…well done Mr Governor Sir !


  8. najeeb (unregistered) on June 6th, 2006 @ 3:38 am

    daylight saving is for countries not for countries near between the tropics !!!! please try to understand the concept of daylight saving before endorsing it.


  9. najeeb (unregistered) on June 6th, 2006 @ 3:40 am

    sorry about that i meant to say that

    daylight saving is not for countries between the tropics !!!! please try to understand the concept of daylight saving before endorsing it.


  10. Checkmate (unregistered) on June 6th, 2006 @ 12:53 pm

    I don’t like the idea of shops closing this early. I will bw hard to do my shopping in the evening. I don’t have saturdays off, i work till 6, and all the shopping centers are closed on Sunday.

    I think it’s not such a bad idea but maybe we could close the shops on Friday and keep them open on Sunday. Like saloons close on Monday but stay open on Sunday. That could give us time to shop.

    P.s. Can’t this govt make 5 work days a law too.


  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 6th, 2006 @ 3:48 pm

    DST thing is nice but it really confused alot of people.I remember that Dhabba where i used to for paratha and chai,the owner didnt change the time because the time was set by Allah and its like interference in HIS business.What one can say in reply after hearing such things.


  12. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on June 6th, 2006 @ 5:55 pm

    Stop all night long generous lightings on billboards. Limit the extravagant number of lightings in shops. and please please drop your false claims of “surplus” energy and admit that you cant cope with energy requirements. Put halt to kundas, bijli chores.


  13. Concerned (unregistered) on June 7th, 2006 @ 3:05 am

    Checkmate dont worry I am sure if all shops close by 8 on weekdays they will start opening on Sundays. They have to make up for the business lost.

    A lot of people give some rather decent advice on this blog, but is any one actually listening? I remember I read something about putting an advertisement in the paper and publicising this page, did some one do that????


  14. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 7th, 2006 @ 10:01 am

    Did you guys noticed the street lights are not turned on much?Atleast i noticed this in my area,block-H north nazimabad.


  15. Checkmate (unregistered) on June 7th, 2006 @ 10:21 am

    @ adnan, street lights what street lights!!?? I hate driving at night because of no street lights and the damn drivers insist on driving with full beam. You get blinded by the lights of the guy coming from the front then you get further blinded by the reflection of the lights of the guy behind you.

    Close the shops but turn on the blasted street lights


  16. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 8th, 2006 @ 10:51 am

    CM street lights of lane not main roads.


  17. Checkmate (unregistered) on June 8th, 2006 @ 11:29 am

    @ Adnan, in DHA you drive in total darkness in the streets so I need those on too. The road lights are getting better. Got confused :-)



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