As many as 10,000 close circuit cameras will be installed at 200 points in Karachi and funds have been approved for the project’s first phase.
According to the Inspector General of Police AD Khawaja, the cameras will have a resolution of 10 to 12 megapixels and also capable of capturing night vision footage.
This was stated by the inspector that 60 locations had been chosen for areas falling in East district including Ferozabad, Tipu Sultan, Sharea Faisal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Aziz Bhatti, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Airport, and Model Colony where the cameras would be installed.
In the Central district, 30 locations have been selected in the areas of Samanabad, Gulberg, Jauharabad, Azizabad, Yousuf Plaza, Rizvia, Gulbahar, Nazimabad, Liaquatabad, Sharifabad, and Super Market.
Similarly, 30 locations have been chosen in the West district’s areas of Baldia, Madina Colony, Saeedabad, Ittehad Town, SITE-A, SITE-B, Pak Colony, Shershah, Orangi Town, Iqbal Market, Surjani, Gulshan-e-Maymar, Peerabad, Pakistan Bazaar, Manghopir, and Mominabad.
In the South district and the police’s City Division, 80 locations have been selected in Clifton, Boat Basin, Gizri, Darakhshan, Sahil, Kharadar, Mithadar, Risala, Mauripur, Moachko, Docks, and Jackson.
The IGP said these cameras would be operated by the command and control unit at the Central Police Office.
However, the provincial government in a recent meeting finalised the proposal for the new cameras with a resolution of 10 to 12 megapixels and approved funds for the first phase.
The police chief said the locations that had been chosen included schools, religious places, entrance and exit points of government and private offices, commercial areas, VVIP movement routes, and places with a high rate of target killings, muggings, and other crimes.