Safe City Project set to be commissioned in April



The project infrastructure of the Safe City Project Islamabad is complete, under commissioning test and is set to be commissioned in April.

The Safe City Project, Islamabad was negotiated and signed in 2009 at a total cost of 124.975 million US dollars. The implementation was withheld due to legal proceedings.

On the conclusion of litigation, the project was re-initiated in 2014 without any cost escalation.

The information provided by Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control on Sunday revealed that the present government has negotiated a substantial increase in the projects scope without adding to the cost.

Some additions are, number of cameras has been increased from 1,500 to 1,950, the command centre area has been increased from 2,000 sq meter to almost 2,900 sq meter while 1,500 handheld and vehicle based communication sets have also been included.

Similarly, in addition to facial detection system, camera based facial recognition software has been included, video summary software has been added and LTE (4G) technology has been acquired.

The ministry said the present government ensured that no cost escalation is allowed even after lapse of five years of initial signing. Integration of vehicle registration database with safe city is also being carried out.

Up to now a total of Rs. 9.53 billion as cost of project and Rs. 4 billion on account of duties and taxes have been expended.