Daylight saving time likely from June: Proposal to advance time by an hour as a measure to save electricity


The government is likely to advance daytime by one hour under a proposed Daylight Saving Time (DST) plan to manage power crisis, which may come into effect from June.

The Power Division of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources yesterday discussed the issue with other ministries at a meeting. It also asked all the ministries to send in their views by Thursday on the idea of DST as part of the light-saving measures.

“We have requested all the ministries concerned to let us know their views on the matter by Thursday next,” State Minister for Power Shamsul Haque Tuku told reporters after the meeting at his ministry.

Representatives from about 18 ministries were present at the meeting.

Shamsul said that if other ministries support the daylight-saving proposal, then it will be placed before the cabinet for government’s final decision.

If the proposal is approved, the change of the day will take place from June because of the HSC examination that begins on April 16 and runs till May 28, the minister added.

The power ministry has recently moved the proposal to cut down electricity consumption, under which the clock will be set forward by an hour across the country.

During DST, the sun appears to rise one hour later in the morning, when people are usually asleep anyway, and sets one hour later in the evening, seeming to stretch the day longer.

It means, offices and businesses will open an hour earlier and then also close in advance by an hour, resulting in a change of habit for people to rise early and go to bed early.

The reason DST works is because it saves energy due to less artificial light needed during the evening hours.

Many countries including United States, Canada extended DST in 2007.

Top officials of power and energy divisions and also Prime Minister’s Adviser Tawfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury attended the meeting.

Source: The Daily Star, 06 April 2009

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