The effect of new shop timings

It’s been quite a while since the new timings for shops were enforced. And then they allowed them to be open late during weekends. I was out with family on Saturday evening and I witnessed the markets jam packed, it seemed as if it was Eid season. Mansoor also witnessed something similar. I was wondering if this is a new culture in the making. And I think it’s not too bad. If we work hard all week long and spend the weekend shopping and relaxing, it’s much better than not working all week. That’s how it usually is in metropolitans in the developed countries. So, what do you think? Do the new shop timings affect you at all? What do you do instead in the evenings?

15 Comments so far

  1. IllusionFS (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 11:24 am

    No it dont affect me much, I have ample time to shop. I just dont like the way the city looks (dark) at night when I am driving around. Looks like a curfew.

    Any idea if shop owners/malls who chose to use electricity by Diesel Gas Generators, how does the law effect them?

  2. mansoor (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 11:51 am

    illusionsfs: yea.. karachi at night is starting to resemble isb *shudder*. The law applies to *all* shoponwers… Forum tried stayin open since they have their own generators but were shut down all the same…

  3. Checkmate (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 11:53 am

    Past couple of weeks we were shopping for furniture and it was a challenge because after leaving the office we had about 1 1 /2 to shop and it took us more days to finish. The showroom owners were not too happy. They were complaining that if they wanted to use a generator they should be allowed to open their shops. But I don’t think it is doing anything for the energy crisis. We were without ligth thrice on saturday and then again on Sunday.

  4. faisal (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 12:22 pm

    I am surprised that the govt managed to close these bazaars at the prescribed times. i think it will help a little with the energy crisis.

  5. Hashim (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 2:21 pm

    even though its not affecting me in anyways but what I want to c is that the shop owners open their shops early and let them keep it opened as long as they want. They should be forced to open their shops by 9:30. what we see is that shops are opened at 12 and they r having lunch at 1 and start working by 3…further more let them close their shops on Friday and ask thme to open it on Sundays as most ppl. get time to shop on weekends and this will only increase the shopowners revenue.

  6. Kumail (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 6:15 pm

    well shopping is unwinding for some – however in other metropolitans shops close an hour or so earlier on sasturday and sunday. They like to unwind in ways that are not publicly accesible in karachi, as yet!

  7. sooban (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 9:17 pm

    karachi doesnt seem like karachi anymore. seems i m steppin out at three in the morning rather than at nine.

    anyone knw whom we can contact to get them to install windmills for karachi.
    i saw this on channel V , some place in india has more than 2500 wind mills, and i am a bit unsure of the stat, but i think one genrates enough electricity for 4000 homes.

    isnt it enough to atleast have some ministry or even the city govt conduct a cost benefit analysis on them?

  8. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 11:46 pm

    Dear Sooban

    you may visit City district website( is also mobile number of Mr.Kamal mentioned on website.

  9. sooban (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 12:34 am

    thnaks adnan.

  10. IllusionFS (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 9:55 am

    Sooban: NEPRA is the government body that regulates Electricity Generation licenses. Windmill power generation has taken a start and according to my latest information 22 companies have acquired the license to generation 50 MW each. The best place near Karachi for the windmill parks is Gharo *abundance of winds* and hopefully we will see windmill power generation very soon InshaAllah. Even though the governments policy of keeping a minimum limit of 50 MW for a company to start is very ambitious, our neighbouring country India has a minimum limit of 1 MW and that has resulted in such a tremendous boom in the windmill power generation sector in India. Mind you setting up windmills is not cheap, but the results are limitless, unlimited power generation and only one time cost. I hope the government reduces its minimum limit to 1 MW so that small investors like myself can also contribute to solving one of the biggest problems faced by our dear beloved city.

  11. Checkmate (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 10:10 am

    @ illusionfs, is there a website where we can get more information on this windmills project?

  12. Omer (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 12:32 pm

    I feel the new timming laws suck already there is very little to do around town at night n this was the one thing ppl could do go out with their families n have a good time till late n this is what karachi is all about the city that rarely sleeps and the city of lights n thats the best bit bout it but ever since this new law was introduced the city turns into a ghost town after 8 i say down with the new law….

  13. Zain (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 1:07 pm

    It was 2330 hrs (approx.) last Thursday almost every shop was closed near and around Bahadurabad. I checked Naheed, closed; D-Mart, it was also closed; almost all shops. Then I thought lets check Imtiaz and I was in for a surprise; the store was all open, house-full with people..

    I picked what I wanted and went home laughing.. Didn’t exactly understand what was the deal? Why it was opened?????

  14. zideon (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 8:20 pm

    WOW… i grew up in karachi but have been living away for a few years now. AND I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THIS IS WORKING…????!!!

    i mean, when i first heard of the ban, i HAD A GOOD LAUGH. cos i thought…this WILL NEVER WORK. not in karachi. and im so surprised that it is. why arent people protesting etc? i thought the shopkeepers would riot or something.

    but the thought of a DARK, quiet karachi at 9 pm, I JUST CANT PICTURE IT. and i hate our DEAD capital, so i dont know if i want karachi to become like it!!!??

    so good or bad, am too far off to say :)

  15. Nabeel (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 7:11 pm

    I for one agree with the shop timings.

    You can argue all you want but the ground reality is that the demand for electricity far outstrips supply and lowering the demand will make a difference.

    If not today or tomorrow,maybe in six months.

    Maybe next year.

    But let’s have some patience for once and stick to a plan before discarding it for lack of instant results.

    I agree with Hashim’s ideas. Sundays are the only days many people are free (like myself) and then we find that shops are closed.

    To those who are complaining,I say shut up and get on with it.

    We,the people,need to change our habits.

    Getting up early and going to work on time is a joke.

    Shops opening early is a joke.

    Sleeping early is a joke.

    Come on. You have an electricity problem. But you continue putting pressure on the electricity provider by spending most of your waking hours in the night and depending on artificial light!

    Why not shift your sleep cycles back a couple of hours?

    Flaunting Karachi’s tradition of ‘nightlife’ will only make things worse.

    Because the truth is that Karachi cannot sustain this ‘nightlife’.

    I for one say close down the shaadi halls at 11!

    Everyone knows what I am talking about. Any of the several wedding rituals (mehndi,nikah,valimah) here begins,at the earliest,at around 10.Dinner is usually served past 11 and people get home at 1 am. Then they (referring to most of the working people) have to get up and go to office the next day at 8 am. Inevitably they are drowsy and you cannot expect productivity.

    move these timings back three hours.

    yes,it’s idealistic.

    its nearly impossible to change these habits.

    but if we, the educated, the ‘hope for the future’, cannot do something then Pakistan will never get better.

    Discussion is productive only if it results in something tangible.

    No use having a metroblog if nothing comes of it.

    We’re all wasting our time here if all we can do is talk and complain and whine.

    Be proactive.

    @ zideon
    after just over a year of karachi,i too couldn’t believe that this was working,that the law was actually being enforced.but then i’m told of the 25,000 rupee fine and the policemen eager to grab that money.

    but i for one hope that this continues-it is essential to the electricity problems being lessened.

    To many of the public I would say: You don’t have a right to complain about electricity if you waste it.

    The dumb shopkeepers who use 15 ‘energy-savers’ in a 10 sq. feet area…where 6 would suffice.

    So I also think that the number of lighting units should be regulated in terms of necessity and space.

    yes,again wildly idealistic.

    but griping about life is much worse to me.

    ‘city of lights’


    you need electricity for all of those lights.

    no,i don’t say turn karachi into a ghost town..

    but the public also needs to find alternate ways to spend time…maybe some parks?

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