Safe City Project gets operational: Islooites promised safety

Published: June 7, 2016
The project aims at making the capital ‘free of crime’. PHOTO: FILE

The project aims at making the capital ‘free of crime’. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The much-delayed Islamabad Safe City Project costing the national exchequer $125 million or over Rs13 billion, was inaugurated on Monday.

The project aims at making the capital “free of crime”.

Under the project, over 1,900 surveillance cameras have been installed across the city with a command and control centre set up in Sector H-11 to monitor important buildings, entry and exit points, roads, commercial centres and a sizable portion of residential areas.

“Although a huge amount has been spent on the project, I will only be  satisfied when the crime rate is brought to zero level,” , Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said.

The minister, who inaugurated the project along with Chinese ambassador, said that the project was the beginning of a new era.

Safe Cities: Agreement signed for provision of surveillance equipment

He said that the police personnel who worked on the project must have patience as their (service) time spent on the project would be taken as an addition to their existing service and it will not impact their seniority.

“This is true policing as police personnel may not be deployed at every corner of the city but with the help of cameras, every spot will be monitored”.

Nisar said that just instaling cameras will not serve any purpose unless those who were monitoring them did their best. He said that the security of the city and that of the country was linked to the project.

“These cameras are not mere digital equipment but they may also be used as weapons. These will also help detect vehicle theft, robberies and other crimes.”

Safe City Project: Over 60 CCTV cameras installed

He added that the police may use them to have an eye on unwanted elements so that the citizen may have peace at their homes.

He also thanked the Chinese ambassador for his cooperation in completion of the project.

The minister said that the project would be extended to other cities the later stage.

He said that after consultation with a Chinese company and officials the company enhanced the number of cameras from 1,500 to 1,945 on the same old price. He said the company also agreed to improve the software and included more equipment to the project.

He said another memorandum of understanding was being signed with Chinese Huawei company for the training of around 1,000 personnel of Pakistan police and other departments.

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Later talking to the media, Nisar said that 95 per cent of cameras were working and only five per cent were out of order due to non-availability of electricity connection or some other reasons.

Police recruits passed out

The minister while addressing a passing out ceremony of 480 recruits said that the police had been depoliticised.

He said that all the recruits were inducted on merit.

He said he will himself monitor the performance of the recruits.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 7th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • syed & syed
    Jun 7, 2016 - 2:10AM

    It is good that the Government is trying to make Islamabad a safe city. Their work would have been commendable if Pakistan would have been a safe Country Islamabad houses Lords and business class having their interests out of the countryRecommend

  • Humza
    Jun 7, 2016 - 5:45AM

    I am sure this project will help to ensure security and safety in the capital region and can be replicated in other cities if it proves effective.Recommend

  • Paki
    Jun 7, 2016 - 12:36PM

    Excellent initiative.. waiting to get it in khi..Recommend

  • Ghazanfar
    Jun 7, 2016 - 12:39PM

    Good effort in the right direction.Hope this system is not used only for safety of the elite.Even monitoring will not suffice unless dedicated and alert police parties are deployed at various points in the city to take timely action on the information gained from cameras. Also needed in the control centre are measures to immediately check the number plates of the sispect vehicles shown by the cameras and flash on screen the name of car owner, his address and phone number, a police party to intercept such vehicles and another to go to the address for further investigation. Lot of training is also needed to incorporate camera information into the police investigation culture.Recommend

  • Javed ali
    Jun 7, 2016 - 12:44PM

    This is equivalent to the budget of Gilgit baltistan. Recommend

  • Jun 7, 2016 - 1:37PM

    I really wish this projects makes Islamabad more safe and secure. Islamabad is capital so it really needs to be safer as lots of international delegates, personnels are always gathering in there so it is apple of eye. I hope that these facilities are used properly by our Police men. Recommend

  • Jun 7, 2016 - 2:11PM

    Excellent hope now Islamabad is safe from crimes and terrorist attacks.Recommend

  • Fish
    Jun 7, 2016 - 2:23PM

    An ugly addition to the city. I miss the 90’s Islamabad. (i know security situation is not the same anymore) :(Recommend

  • Insider
    Jun 7, 2016 - 8:00PM

    1900 hundred cameras ? ONLY? You gotta be kidding. unbelievable. Recommend

  • Salman
    Jun 7, 2016 - 9:01PM

    @Javed ali:
    Do you know anything about economics? In simple terms compare the budget of New York and Florida. Both states are situated in USA. Recommend

  • Jun 8, 2016 - 3:45AM

    What in the world? The latest state of the art security systems for cities cost around 3-4 lac dollars for 3000 cameras (chinese are much much cheaper than this). Lets add 1-2 lac dollars more for the poles they made and the Surveillance facilities. Where is the rest of money of the 125$million. An idiot even knows that this project doesn’t require that much money… does pakistan really have that much spare money? Recommend

  • Jun 8, 2016 - 3:50AM

    The latest and best DVR’s and professional security footage systems for cities on the market cost 3-4 lakh dollars at best in total for 3000cameras and more (chinese are much much cheaper than this). lets add 1-2 lakh dollars more for the poles and surveillance facilities that they might have made.
    Where did the rest of the money go? Where are they being utilized? Does Pakistan really have that much spare money? Or are people too stupid to realize that more than 10 times the amount is being allocated to this project than its original costsRecommend

  • Asif
    Jun 8, 2016 - 10:16AM

    4 Billion for the job and rest pocketed by these so called leaders.Recommend

  • Raffey
    Jul 14, 2016 - 9:41PM

    Impressive effort on part of the government but what was more important part missing in the article was that not a single word of appreciation for the team who implemented it. Grown up in Islamabad I know the police is efficient but that tech savvy. Recommend

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