LAHORE: Operations Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Haider Ashraf on Thursday said provision of 10,000 surveillance cameras would help improve security in the city.
Talking to APP, Ashraf said, “Police Department has been directed to install the cameras in the city before the start of Muharram,” he said.
He said this year all Muharram processions would be monitored through surveillance cameras.
“Scanners will also be installed at entrances and exits of the city and satellite imagery would be used in case of emergency,” he said.
The DIG said all important spots in the city would be monitored from a central control room.
Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA) Chief Operating Officer Akbar Nasir said an integrated command and control system had been developed for the Punjab police.
He said the PSCA had identified 2,000 locations for installation of 10,000 surveillance cameras. He said that the cameras would be installed at all entrances and exits of Lahore, along VVIP routes, public places, crime hot spots and key infrastructure sites, public institutions and markets.
“Encroachments from main bazaars of the city are being removed from Islampura, Hall Road, Anarkali and Karim Park to minimise security threats,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2016.
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