LAHORE - The Federal Government has yet to devise strategy to implement energy conservation plan with the participation of district governments across the country. As such the district governments, including the City District Government Lahore (CDGL), are following wait-and-see policy instead of taking any strong step to force the traders to close down shops as dictated under the energy conservation plan. The shopkeepers and market leaders are quite frank in saying no to the federal government plan to conserve energy, saying they will not close down their businesses by 9 pm, as required under the plan. Sources in the CDGL revealed that federal government has not contacted with the local government to enforce the energy conservation plan. The CDGL expects that federal government should frame a uniform policy applicable for all the districts how to implement the plan. However, in order to see the response of traders, the DCO Lahore Sajjad Ahmed Bhutta convened a joint meeting of CDGL officials and traders here on Thursday. The sources said that the business community out rightly refused to close their shops by 9 pm, saying that this would adversely affect their businesses. The traders' representatives said that other measures, but not early closure of shops, could be taken to reduce electricity consumption. They said that the shopkeepers would cooperate with the government to reduce the power consumption by 50 percent. Meanwhile, shopkeepers of almost all the busy shopping areas throughout the country are not closing their shops by 9pm. The WAPDA was expecting to save 500 MW of electricity while adopting the measure of reactivating the shop Act, which was meant to protect the workforce from the over-stretching of working hours. However, the Authority stayed far behind its expectations due to indifference shown by the trader community and the provincial governments. Sources said that the trader community as well as the provincial governments did not lend their helping hands to WAPDA in managing the demand and supply gap, which they said, was regularly on the increase. Sources said that the decision was to be effective without urban-rural discrimination under the existing Shop Act with the objective to manage power load and rid the people from load-shedding. However, medical stores, clinics, hospitals, bakeries were exempted from the load management restrictions.