LAHORE - As massive power outages sparked violent protests across the Punjab and demonstrators on Saturday demanded resignation of Minister for Water and Power and MD PEPCO, the DG Pakistan Electric Power Company appeared before local media and claimed that the electricity shortfall in the country would be decreased with the addition of 1000-MW in the national grid by 15th of this month. Talking to reporters here at Wapda House, the PEPCO DG (Energy Management and Conservation) Muhammad Khalid explained that three units of 150MW each from Guddu Thermal Power Plant would re-start generation by Sunday (April 11), while its another four units of same capacity each would be brought back to the system by April 15. PEPCO is also expecting 344-MW from three (13 to 15) under-maintenance units of Kot Addu Power Plant, and the units, which are on forced outage including Hubcos one unit of 300MW and five units of 180MW each from Muzaffargarh Thermal Power plant would be back to the system by mid April, he added. Responding to a question, he said that the power units, which were supposed to be back in the system by March 31, would now re-start generation by April 15 and this delay is the main reason for increase in the power shortfall. The DG said that 10,344MW was generated against 15,234MW demand, showing a shortfall of 4898MW in the country during last 24 hours. The total hydel power generation remained at 2601MW, thermal at 2561MW and Independent Power Producers (IPPs) at 5182MW, he added. Muhammad Khalid said that power shortfall would be reduced between 1500 to 2000MW up to June with gradual increase in hydel generation due to water level raise in dams. APP adds: Just like previous year, the PEPCO is considering to exempt traders from load-shedding from 6pm to 10pm, for which the PEPCO had directed all CEOs of its distribution companies to chalk-out power load management programme in consultation with respective chambers and traders. He said that PEPCO has given exemption to cement industry, while four-hour load-shedding is being made for industries of chemical, fertilizers, plastic, textile and power loam, and eight-hour load-shedding in small and medium enterprises. To another question, the DG (EM&C) said that PEPCO issued detection bill worth more than Rs 9 billions during July 2009 to March 2010, out which it recovered Rs 452b. The PEPCO has so far taken departmental actions (major and minor penalties) against 37 officers and 180 officials, he said. Out of the total generation, PEPCO distributes the electricity as commercial 12pc, industry 27pc, domestic 47pc, tube-wells 5.6pc, 6pc transmission and dispatch losses, and 2.4pc for exemption to importance defence installation, hospitals and others.