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Tuesday April 16, 2024

First phase of Sindh Safe City Project in final stages

Cameras will be capable of taking pictures with night vision, facial recognition, and recording vehicle number plates

By Salis bin Perwaiz
February 24, 2024
Karachi Police Chief Khadim Hussain Rind chairs a meeting regarding the Sindh Safe City Project in this still in Karachi on February 23, 2024. — Facebook/Karachi Police - KPO
Karachi Police Chief Khadim Hussain Rind chairs a meeting regarding the Sindh Safe City Project in this still in Karachi on February 23, 2024. — Facebook/Karachi Police - KPO

The first phase of the Sindh Safe City Project is in final stages and the project will initially cover the Red Zone, Sharea Faisal and its adjoining areas.

Officials said on Friday that the Sindh police high-ups held a meeting at the Karachi Police Office regarding Phase 1 of the Safe City Project. Project director general Asif Ejaz Shaikh briefed the participants of the meeting about the project. The meeting was also attended by NRTC Brigadier Gul Hassan, Brigadier Shahid Manzoor and other members and stakeholders.

The meeting was briefed that 23 smart vehicles, 1,300 facial recognition cameras and a control room building of the safe city project would also be completed in Phase 1. In Phase I, the Red Zone, Sharea Faisal and airport corridor will be completed, which will enable monitoring of movement of criminals.

The safe city project will also attach data on photographs of jail inmates and Phase I will be developed at a cost of Rs6.6 billion and will be completed in two-and-a-half years. The cameras will be capable of taking pictures with night vision, facial recognition, and recording vehicle number plates. The command-and-control building of the project is also being developed adjacent to the KPO.

Officials said the monitoring of cameras across the city would be made possible in the command and control room. Moreover, the cameras will be of better in terms of mega pixels so that recordings of crime incidents can be seen in a better way. The project will also include data from all over Sindh of the pictures of prisoners going to jails.

The meeting was also informed that it would be easier to control crime through CCTV cameras across the city. The CCTV cameras would be installed at more than 40 entry and exit points across Sindh, and the safe city project would also be launched in other districts of project after Karachi. A data bank of criminals is also being raised.