The cost of the Karachi Safe City Project has increased by 100 percent even before its launch. The project approved in 2011 is yet to be started.
Its cost was estimated at around Rs. 10 billion when it was conceived during the Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) federal government. However, after a span of nine years, the project cost has doubled to Rs. 20 billion, with chances of further escalation.
The project includes installing CCTV cameras across the metropolis, setting up command and control centers, introducing face and vehicle recognition software, and a biometric system.
Following the surge in street crimes, the Sindh government has vowed to launch the Safe City project soon.
On October 24, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah chaired a meeting on law & order and directed concerned authorities to speed up work on the Karachi Safe City Project.
Sindh Police briefed the meeting that the city will require ten thousand cameras in the first phase. To which, the CM noted that Rs. 10 billion had been allocated previously for as many CCTV cameras. However, the cost has jacked up to Rs. 20 billion – nearly two million per camera.
He also directed the officials in-charge of the project to expedite the work and complete it at the earliest.
Safe City Project is very important for Karachi in order to keep an eye on the mobility of citizens.
CM Murad Ali Shah directed Sindh IGP Mushtaq Mehar to control street crime in the city.
During the meeting, the Chief Minister underlined that the city’s overall situation has improved over the years. From ranking sixth in the World Crime Index in 2014, Karachi has gone to 103rd in 2020, he added.