Rs30 bn approved for safe city project to install 10,000 CCTV cameras

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KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has approved the launch of Safe City Karachi at a cost of Rs 30 billion, under which 10,000 CCTV cameras will be installed in the city in three phases. Starting in 2021, each phase will be completed within 12 months.

The decision was made a meeting presided over by the CM Sindh, which reviewed the progress of the Safe City project.

The meeting was informed that the NRTC has submitted technical and financial proposals which need to be evaluated by the review committee.

The Sindh Chief Minister approved constitution of 9-member technical committee under the Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of the Safe City Project to review the NRTC proposal.

He also approved the proposal to appoint Muqaddas Haider as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Ms. Tabassum Abbasi as Chief Technical Officer (CTO).

The Technical Committee will review the technical and financial proposal as per the PC1 documents and will also review the stages of the project proposed by the NRTC in consultation with the P&D department.

The technical committee will also oversee the overall implementation of the project, including carrying out this work.

A plan for its implementation was also approved under which 10,000 CCTV cameras would be installed in three phases and each phase would be completed in a period of 12 months.

In the first phase, cameras will be installed at all entry and exits of the city and in the District South at a cost of Rs 9.9 billion.

In the second phase, cameras will be installed in three districts at a cost of Rs 9.8 billion, which will be selected later.

In the third and final phase, cameras will be installed in three more districts at a cost of Rs 9.7 billion.

The Sindh Chief Minister directed the Finance Department to arrange Rs 10 billion for the first phase in the next financial year.

He said, “I want to start this project at the beginning of next financial year 22-2021” and directed Chairman P&D Muhammad Waseem to start approving PC-1 from all relevant forums by the end of the current financial year.

Murad Ali Shah was informed that 8000 cameras will be of 12 megapixels while 2000 cameras will be of 8 megapixels.

Similarly, 10,000 cameras will be installed at more than 2000 places with solar backup. One central, one regional will monitor them.

There will be command centers and database centers.

Murad Ali Shah was informed that at present 2196 cameras have been installed at 538 places in the city out of which 1201 belong to KMC, 198 to IT department and 155 to Sindh Police.

The meeting was attended by IT Minister Nawab Taimur Talpur, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Chairman P&D Muhammad Wasim, Additional Chief Secretary Home Usman Chachar, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sindh Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi, Additional IG Special Branch / Incharge Safe City Project Imran Yaqub Minhas, Provincial NRTC Chief Brigadier (retd) Nayyar, GM  NRTC Sohail Anjum and others.