The government has decided to resort to daily 2 hours area-based load-shedding across the country from Tuesday in a bid to tackle the ongoing power crisis.

Prime Minister's Energy advisor Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury announced the decision after a high level meeting at the Prime Minister's Office on Monday.

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid and principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Kaikaus also attended the meeting.

Tawfiq-e-Elahi said the power distribution entities will conduct the load shedding under a schedule so that the people get time to take preparation for it and do not feel any disturbance.

But in each spell, no load shedding will continue more than half an hour, he said.

He said the diesel-run power plants will remain closed until further order to save petroleum fuels while the shopping malls and markets will have to be closed by 8 pm.

He said some options like keeping petrol pumps closed one day a week were discussed at the meeting.

He said the government office hours may be rescheduled while virtual meetings will be held instead of those with physical presence.

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