LAHORE - The Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) continued to carry out up to 12 hours unscheduled power shutdowns in city against its announcement of eight-hour load management programme. Lesco officials confirmed that 7 to 8 hours loadshedding was announced but citizens from majority of areas complained that they were suffering the agony of up to 12 hours power cuts. They observed that Lesco was not fulfilling its commitment of observing maximum one-hour power shut down as 3 to 4 hours incessant power outages have become a routine matter in most of localities of the city. Meanwhile, prolonged and non-stop loadshedding were reported from the areas like Sanda, Chungi Amar Saddhu, Shad Bagh, Queen's Road, Mozang, Wahdat Colony, Ichra, Township, Rehmanpura, Bhati, Mufti Road, Chohan Park, Samanabad, Griffin Housing Scheme, Allama Iqbal Town and Johar Town. Similarly, hundreds of industrial workers from the Quaid-e-Azam Industrial Estate (QIE) lodged a strong protest against Lesco authorities and demanded of the Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to ensure uninterrupted supply of power to the industrial units. They were of the view that unscheduled power shut down and stoppage of gas supply are causing downsising in the industrial units. President Quaid-e-Azam Industrial Estate Mian Nauman Kabir expressed his grave concern over unscheduled loadshedding and urged the rulers to adopt some urgent measures to overcome the energy deficit as it is affecting the whole economy. The QIE President alleged the unannounced power shut down was hitting the industrial production hard adding that the country has not been achieving the export target for last two years and if the situation remains the same, it would be very difficult to achieve the export target set for progressing financial year. Mian Nauman Kabir observed that more than 400 industrial units are functioning at Quaid-e-Azam Industrial Estate while 70 percent units are export based which are not able to execute the export orders due to loadshedding. "The closure of these units, would deprive more than 40,000 people of their jobs while government would also lose huge revenue," he added. He said that the government should take energy crisis very seriously and make both long-term and short term plans to resolve this problem. He stated that long term plan includes utilising all hydel resources by building big water reservoirs and power generation units, which is a cheaper way to produce energy. He said that Pakistan should also go for alternative energy resources like other countries. He mentioned that Germany is producing more than 21,000 MW and while India is producing more than 7,000 MW power through wind energy. He urged the government to take immediate measures otherwise, industrial sector could be fully destroyed.