The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to replace concrete barricades with automatic road blockers affixed with sensitive security cameras to avoid traffic congestion and introduce a modern checking system.
An official source told APP that the CDA and the Ministry of Interior have started work on the modern checking system.
Under a project titled “Islamabad Civilian and Traffic Control and Access Project”, the government will develop a modern inspection system using security cameras. The project is being executed with help of Spanish Government, which has consented to convert a loan payable by Pakistan into a grant for execution of the project, realising the sensitivity of the situation, the source added.
“The project will cost around Rs1.5 billion, and as the Spanish government has already agreed to fund it,” said the source.
The summary has been forwarded by the Economic Affairs Division to the Spanish government, where it is under consideration, the source said.
Bulletproof operation rooms will be setup at every check post, each of which will require three security personnel. Instead of concrete barricades, the automatic road blockers will be installed on the roads and after detecting any suspicious vehicle using security cameras, the operator will raise the road blocker for inspection. According to the source, such facilities will be installed at 60 points.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 19th, 2011.
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