KARACHI – Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan on Tuesday said that surveillance cameras installed at different streets and main roads of the city had played a vital role in improving law and order situation as culprits involved in various crimes had been identified through these cameras promptly.
He said this while presiding over a meeting regarding review of performance of surveillance cameras installed at the city’s roads here at Governor House. Principal Secretary to governor, Muhammad Hussain Syed, Sindh Rangers Deputy Director General Brig Muhammad Azhar, Karachi Commissioner Syed Asif Hyder Shah, Karachi Administrator Laeeq Ahmed, CPLC chief Zubair Habib, and officers of police and KMC also attended the meeting.
The governor said these cameras had been a vital tool in unearthing and detecting of various crimes and had even prevented many street crimes to happen. The role of command and control centers monitoring these cameras was also very pivotal as it ensure identification of persons involved in any untoward incident or a crime and as such provide basis for justice to victims.
He directed for early repair of non-functional and faulty cameras and also ordered to put up such cameras on roads where they are not installed so as to ensure safety and security of masses. He also directed to equip and modernise the cameras of police, KMC and IT department to ensure clear view and detection.
The dues and liabilities of contractors working on these projects should also be cleared as soon as possible so as to ensure uninterrupted and smooth functioning of all surveillance cameras of Karachi, he further directed.
On the occasion, the governor was informed that the KMC installed 1292 surveillance cameras out of which 1240 are operative while at 164 places 820 cameras were also installed by Sindh Police under a project, majority of them have become out of order due to various reasons.
He was further informed that Sindh Police were managing surveillance cameras of the KMC and IT department also after their control was transferred to it in 2013.