Food outlets at Qadhafi Stadium to remain shut

Officials monitoring these affairs say they have never seen such arrangements of tight security ever being made by the CDGL, police, Pakistan Cricket Board and other departments concerned. — AFP/file

LAHORE: Owners of 12 restaurants outside the Qadhafi Stadium have been issued notices by the City District Government of Lahore to keep their business shut from May 18 to June 1 in the wake of T-20 and One-Day series between Zimbabwe and Pakistan cricket teams.

The notices have recently been issued by the CDGL’s Gulberg Town Municipal Administration as part of the extraordinary security, administrative and logistic arrangements being made to avoid even a slightest of safety error during the series, Dawn has learnt.

Officials monitoring these affairs say they have never seen such arrangements of tight security ever being made by the CDGL, police, Pakistan Cricket Board and other departments concerned.


Tight security measures for resumption of international cricket

“Since a tragic incident of a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team had happened in this very city at Liberty Roundabout in 2009 that closed the doors of international cricket in Pakistan, we are leaving no loophole as far as security is concerned. The closure of food outlets around the stadium by May 17 is ensured to provide maximum security during the matches,” a CDGL official told Dawn on Friday.

He said the CDGL had also installed CCTV cameras at all important places around the Qadhafi Stadium which would be linked with the control room being established at the DCO office.

He said the Lahore Parking Company had been asked to submit a trouble-free parking plan outside the stadium because no such provision would be made around the venue.

“The new parking sites are being considered to be established towards Ferozepur Road or some other viable places to avoid traffic congestion in areas linking the venue,” he added.

Another official said the respective town municipal administrations had been directed to remove all minor and major encroachments in areas linking the venue by Saturday (today).

The Wasa has been directed to ensure proper sanitation and drainage of the accumulated rainwater and deploy skilled staff to keep all places dry within and around the stadium.

The Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) has also been asked to submit a plan to the CDGL regarding the cleanliness arrangements in and around the venue.

The official said the CDGL’s health, civil defence, bomb disposal squad and other wings concerned were likely to submit their plans to the city administration on Saturday (today).

About the entry of ticketholders, media persons and officials into the area leading to the stadium, he said that strict arrangements would be made in this regard.

“Everybody will have to pass through at least four security layers. Ticketholders will enter the venue after showing their tickets. The media people deputed for the coverage of matches will be issued passes by the PCB. The Special Branch Police may also issue them security clearance passes/cards,” he said.

He said that officials deputed on different duties would also be issued special security cards by the Special Branch Police.

The official said that all sports activities at the nearby Punjab Sports Complex and the National Hockey Stadium would also remain suspended during the cricket series.

A special mechanism to create an excellent working liaison within the departments concerned was also being devised to avoid any hurdle during the matches, he said.

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