LAHORE - The power outages have once again began to upset the routine life in City after a pause of one week, as a spell of electricity shutdowns, though for a short period, have been reported from several areas of the City. It is to be noted that the loadshedding had come to a halt in urban areas of the country particularly in City for around a week but several reports of sudden and unscheduled power cuts were reported from all major localities on Wednesday. According to the Pepco sources, currently there is a shortage of around 2,700 megawatt and that is being managed by reducing electricity supply to rural areas of the country where five to eight hours of loadshedding is being carried out. Official sources said the Pepco had managed to control the loadshedding menace by increasing water outflow to a total 153,412 cusec from Tarbela, Mangla and other reservoirs on Wednesday to increase power generation at Tarbela, Mangla, Ghazi Barotha and Chashma hydel stations, setting aside the water needs for Rabi crops especially for sugarcane, cotton and rice. They maintained that the power generation is being made at maximum capacity of around 5,000 megawatts, which was earlier just 150 megawatts this month. But with the arrival of scorching heat and resultant increase in use of air conditioners have put the Pepco again in trouble, causing a scarcity of electricity touching the figure of 2,700 megawatts, they pointed out. They further said the main reason behind the less loadshedding earlier this month was that the power demand was very slight which could easily be fulfilled through less generation, they added. It is to be noted that industrialists had been lamenting that severe loadshedding was hitting the industrial production hard while hundreds of industrial units had been closed due to energy shortage but government was showing no interest to overcome the energy crisis. They said exporters were unable to meet their exports orders so government should wakeup and take steps on urgent basis to solve industrial sector problems. Power outages of up to three hours were reported from several areas of the city including Shadbagh, Queens Road, Mozang, Wahdat Colony, Ichhra, Township, Rehman Pura, Walled City, Bhatti Gate, Sanda, Mufti Road, Chohan Park, Samanabad, Griffin Housing Scheme, Allama Iqbal Town, Johar Town, New Mozang, Gulshan-e-Ravi, Kachupura, Garhi Shahu, Cavalry Ground, Green Town, Awan Town, Faisal Town, Model Town, Chungi Amarsaddhu, Ravi Road, Gulberg, Sadar, Cant, Mughalpura, Gujjar Pura, Lakshmi, Gawalmandi, Anarkali, The Mall, Saadi Park, Shadman, Multan Road, Yateem Khana, Muslim Town, Shahdara Town, Badami Bagh, Circular Road, Railway Road, Fleming Raod, Islampura, Santnagar, McLeod Road and Band Road.