Due to lack of funds Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) has suspended the free Wi-Fi facility at public places all over Punjab.
The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) sources revealed that, “The project was started in association with the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), but the government has failed to pay dues worth over Rs150 million.”
In order to keep the service operational almost Rs 190 million was required but the project was termed “burden on the exchequer” thus it was discontinued.
The sources revealed that there was no allocation for the project in the new budget, also the workers working on the project were suspended.
Earlier PITB was offering free Wi-Fi facility at different educational and government institutions including buildings, markets, parks, hospitals, airports, bus and railway stations etc. They were offered in many Punjab cities including Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, and Bahawalpur. The project was also extended to Rawalpindi and Multan.
Due to the suspension of this facility, citizens have suffered. The citizens used to receive a code through SMS to connect to the internet after they authenticated their ID and cell number. But now it won’t be possible.