LAHORE Power generation is likely to increase during the last week of January as the Punjab Irrigation Department has stepped up efforts to complete canal desilting well before the set deadline of January 30, sources told TheNation on Thursday. Reduction in hydel power generation after the closure of canals for desilting on December 26 and increase in demand due to severe cold and foggy weather widened demand and supply gap that enhanced loadshedding across the country and thus added to the woes and misery of the people. The Punjab Irrigation Department is carrying out canal desilting with the purpose to ensure proper utilisation of canal water for irrigation purposes and guarantee that the water reached upto the tail of canals. According to the insiders the operation at major canals would be completed during coming fortnight and after that secondary and tertiary braches would be focused. The Punjab Irrigation Department is providing necessary equipment including bulldozers, tractors and trolleys and diesel to the local people for carrying out desilting operation at canals in their respective localities. At certain places, available manpower of the department including beldars are also assisting the farmers in desilting operation. The irrigation department officials are carrying out the important task of monitoring the drive and ensure that provided machinery, manpower and diesel is properly utilized. Public representatives are also monitoring the operation in their respective constituencies. According to the canal desilting schedule earlier issued by the Irrigation Department after approval from Senior Minister Raja Riaz, Lower Jhelum and Rasul Qadir Abad Link Canals would remain closed from December 26, 2010 to January 12, 2011, Qadrabad Balloki Link Canal from December 27 to January 13, Lower Bari Doab and Baloki Sulemani Link Canals from December 29 to January 15, Upper Pakpattan and Eastern Sadqia Canals from December 30 to January 16, Upper Jhelum Canal from January 12 to 29, Lower Chanab Canal (Except Jhang Branch) from January 13 to 30, Jhang Branch from December 27 to January 13, Upper Bahawalpur Canal from December 13 to January 30, Upper Chanab Canal from December 26 to January 12 and Central Bari Doab Canal would remain closed from December 27 to January 13. Authorities also issued schedule of canal closure for Tarbela Command Canals according to which Thai Canal would remain closed from January 13 to 30, Trimmu Canals from January 10 to 27, Trimmu Sidnai Link from January 10 to 27, Sidnai Canal from January 11 to 28, SMB Link from January 11 to 28, Lower Pakpattan Canal from January 12 to 29, Lower Bahalwpur Canal from January 13 to 30, Panjnad Canals from January 5 to 22 and Taunsa Canals from December 31 to Jan 17.