Lahore—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif inaugurated Punjab Safe City Project, a unique project of its kind in Pakistan and the biggest project in Asia, at Qurban Lines, hereTuesday. After inaugurating Integrated Command, Control and Communication Center of Punjab Safe Cities Authority, the Chief Minister said that the first phase of Safe City Project has completed in a record period of time.
He said that Punjab government started Safe City Project for providing a crime-free and peaceful atmosphere to the citizens and an amount of Rs.12 crore is being spent for this purpose. He said that a huge screen has been installed in Command & Control Center under this project which is the biggest screen of Asia.
He said that Punjab government is working on Safe City Project with the collaboration of a leading Chinese company Huawei and it is the first project of its kind in Pakistan. Shehbaz Sharif hoped that the Chinese company would operate this project as an example of hard work, honesty and transparency. He said that Punjab is the first province where this kind of project has been inaugurated whereas federal government started Safe City Project in Islamabad six years ago which has now been completed.
He said that the Safe City Project of Punjab government is four times bigger than Islamabad project. Federal Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan increased the number of cameras of Islamabad Safe City Project from 1500 to 2000 whereas eight thousand cameras are being installed in Lahore under Punjab Safe City Project.
He said that Huawei made the lowest bid of 16 billion rupees for Safe City Project of Punjab, however, this amount was brought down to 12 billion rupees and a saving of four billion rupees was made. Contrary to this, he said, Islamabad Safe City Project is four times smaller and its agreement was signed for Rs.12 billion six years ago.
He said that those leveling allegations of corruption should also remember transparency in this project and the saving of four billion rupees of national resources. Shehbaz Sharif said that a prominent international institution like World Economic Forum has acknowledged the examples of transparency set by federal and Punjab governments, under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and also that corruption has reduced in Pakistan. He said that political and administrative team of Punjab government is highly efficient and the saving of Rs.4 billion in Safe City Project is a proof of this fact. He said that recruitments for Safe City Project have been made purely on merit and best training has been imparted.
He said that youth recruited for the project are witness to the fact that they have been selected on merit and it is hoped that they will spare no effort for the success of this project.
He said that monitoring of different areas is being carried out on the screens set up at Command & Control Center and a vigilant eye will be kept on criminal elements. He said that in case of any incident of crime, an alarm would ring which will alert the concerned institution.
He said that due to this step of Punjab government, Pakistan would become a safe, peaceful and prosperous country. Shehbaz Sharif said that brave armed forces of Pakistan, police and the people of all segments of society have rendered supreme sacrifices in the war against terrorism and extremism and this project will play an important role in dealing with this problem.
The Chief Minister announced that Safe City Project will also be started in six other cities of Punjab including Multan, Bahawalpur, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Sargodha and will be completed by the end of 2017. He said that the first phase of Punjab Safe City Project has been completed in Lahore while its other phases will be completed by the middle of next year, which will help in surveillance of the entire city with modern technology.