Advancing clock receives mingling reactions.
ISLAMABAD, 15 April , 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- The step of
advancing clock by an hour from Wednesday had mixed reaction by people
belonging to different walks of life. Some favouring of advancement of
clocks hoped that it would help conserve energy and reduce loadshedding
while others feared that it might not help achieve the target of
bridging the gap between demand and supply and reduce loadshedding. The
daylight saving scheme was enforced by the government from Tuesday
midnight to utilize maximum daylight and conserve energy. Last year too,
the clock was put forward by an hour during summer and now the step has
been taken again to cope with electricity shortage in the country.
Western countries adopt Daylight Saving Times (DST) scheme as a regular
practice by advancing clocks at advent of Spring to save energy and use
maximum daylight. According to DST, the sunrise in Islamabad will be at
6:35 a.m. instead of 5:35 a.m. and sunset at 7:30 p.m instead of 6:30
p.m. The addition of an hour to the current time - (GMT+6) - would
conserve 250-300 megawatts of electricity on average daily according to
official sources. DST or summer time in British English is the
convention of advancing clocks so that afternoons have more daylight and
mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near
the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn. Modern DST was
first proposed in 1907 by William Willett. The early hour of light in
the morning will be utilized because of advancing of the clocks.
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