Lahore is on track to get equipped with thousands of CCTV cameras at some 1800 places in the city to make sure that law-enforcement agencies are able to keep the city under the monitor, we have checked with sources.
Similar CCTV cameras (in thousands) are also planned for Islamabad and Peshawar, however, Lahore will be the first city get CCTV cameras deployed.
A project that was planned in April 2014 and intended for execution during last quarter of 2014 got delayed due to various reasons. However, it is now clear that government has geared up to get the work done.
Sources say that Punjab Government has spared some Rs. 18 billion for the project. They also tell us that this is going to be one of the largest CCTV camera network deployed in Pakistan and many multi-national companies have already shown their interest for the setup of CCTV camera network.
Government is intending to get the CCTV cameras connected through fiber optic that is laid in the city. According to our information, already installed CCTV cameras in Lahore — which are private and individuals’ property but facing public places — might also be included to the network to increase the accessibility.
While its too early to get you any time frame for completion of the project, one thing is certain that this step will greatly help in reduction of street crimes, dubious activities on top of blocking terror attacks.