LAHORE: As Bangladesh is all set to arrive in Lahore to play a T-20 series, the Punjab Safe City Authority (PSCA) is struggling to fix its payment issues with a Chinese company that had shut down 4,000 surveillance cameras owning to non-payment of Rs226 million.
The PCSA has been ordered by the higher-ups, including Punjab Inspector General Shoaib Dastgir, to settle the matter with Huawei before the start of the cricket series.
The cameras had gone offline after the authority failed to make payments to the telecom company, leaving important areas of the city, like Mall Road, Lahore High Court, Data Darbar, vulnerable to any untoward incident. The amount, though approved by the standing committee, has not been released yet. The officials are, meanwhile, trying to approach the finance ministry for the release of the payment.
According to an official privy to details, the closure of cameras has rendered the authority incapacitated in terms of revenue collection i.e. traffic challans and etc. “People are openly violating the traffic laws and the crime rate has also been increased in the city owing to the non-functional cameras,” he added.