Sindh govt, NRTC teams to shape up safe city project

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Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, presiding over a joint meeting of the National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) and Safe City Authority, has constituted their joint group under chief secretary Sohial Rajput to remove all the issues and bottlenecks between the two so that final PC-I of the project could be prepared.

The meeting was specially attended by Federal Defence Production Secretary Lt Gen (R) Humayun Aziz, chief Secretary Sohail Rajput, Secretary Home Saeed Mangnijo, Special Secretary to CM Raheem Shaikh, DG Sindh Safe City Project Maqsood Memon, MD NRTC Brig. Asim Ishfaq, PD Safe City Commodore (R) Raheel Masood, GM South Brig Nayar Abbas, GM Sohail Anjum, Regional Manager Humair Abbas, Sajid Kiyani, Junaid Hafeez and Fahad Yousaf.

Giving detailed presentation to the CM Sindh, MD NRTC Brigadier (retd) Asim Ishfaq said that the plan to install 10,000 high-definition cameras had been agreed and out of these, some of the cameras would have the ability to move around while other cameras would be static. He told that the entire system would be controlled through a Central Command and Control Center with three regional command and control centers. There will be surveillance through over 2000 sites with the ability to analyze facial recognition, crowd and traffic amassing mapping and other features, he told.

The main issue which came under discussion in the meeting was laying of fiber optic cables for which various roads of the city would be dug up and permission from different utility services of federal, provincial, and local governments, would be a lengthy process. Therefore, utilization of the PTCL system or any other system came under discussion.

The DG Sindh Safe City Project gave his assessment and presented ways to get the project kicked off at the earliest. He also raised the issues of handing over the responsibility of the operation of the entire system to NRTC or any other organization.

The Chief Minister, after listening to the discussion, constituted a joint committee of Sindh Safe City Authority and NRTC under chief secretary.

He directed the chief secretary to hold a few meetings and remove all the issues and bottlenecks so that final PC-I of the project could be made to start the project at the earliest.

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