Islamabad is all set to get more closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to expand the coverage of the Safe City Project from 30 percent to 100 percent to improve city’s security.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said the federal government has decided to install additional CCTV cameras in the capital to make Islamabad “one of the safest cities” in Pakistan, the federal government, on the directions of the prime minister.
Addressing a press conference after visiting the Safe City Project, the Interior Minister stated presently, that the safe city project covered at least 30 percent area of the capital city but after the installation of additional cameras the coverage would be extended to the entire Islamabad.
More cameras would be installed at “all important places” as the immediate funds to the tune of Rs40 million had been issued to the Safe City Authority to meet its urgent needs, he said.
Rana Sanaullah further said the Islamabad police chief and the director general of the Safe City Authority have been directed to prepare a feasibility report for the expansion of the project.
He added that without using technology in safe cities maintaining law and order has become impossible.
Safe City Project
Initially, the Safe City Project had been assisting the police in tracking and identifying the culprits at the request of the operation division and investigation wing.
However, its role was modified when its officials were told to assist the Islamabad police in curbing the crime rate.
“Since the launch of the Safe City Project years ago, Islamabad has undergone rapid expansion in terms of area and population,” the officials said, adding that at present 1,905 cameras were installed in different areas of the capital.
A hundred-bed hospital for police officials will be established in Islamabad at a cost of 5 billion rupees by the end of this fiscal year and the project will be inaugurated by the prime minister, according to Rana Sanaullah.
He showed gratitude to the prime minister, finance minister, and planning minister for approving a big amount for this hospital.