Earlier today, Murad Ali Shah Chief Minister (CM) Sindh directed police to install 10,000 cameras at different spots across Karachi, including its red zones areas where criminal activities take place frequently.
While addressing a meeting on law and order at the CM House, Shah said that the city’s overall situation has considerably improved, which can be gauged from the fact that Karachi’s ranking in the World Crime Index has gone from 6th in 2014 to 103rd in 2020.
As per the reports, the World Crime Index surveys crime levels of 396 international cities. It had ranked Karachi 6th in 2014, 10th in 2015, 26th in 2016, 47th in 2017, 50th in 2018, 61st and then 71st in 2019, 88th at the beginning of this year, and 103rd by mid-October.
Mushtaq Mahar Sindh Police Chief IGP told the meeting that Cape Town has been ranked 19th, Mexico 29th, Kuala Lumpur 38th, Houston 50th, Washington 52nd, and Delhi 71st.
In order to further upgrade the security and safety situation as well as the quality of life in Karachi, Chief Minister Sindh decided to start the execution of the Safe City Project in Karachi.
Moreover, CM Murad Ali Shah said the city can be made safer and more secure if the Safe City Project is implemented at the earliest. He told Mahar to organize a meeting with the National Radio & Telecom Corporation next week for a detailed discussion on the project’s technical and financial proposals.
The Safe City Project was conceived in 2011, aiming at installing 10,000 high-powered CCTV cameras across the city in the first phase. The Chief Minister had approved Rs.10 billion for the purpose but the project cost intensified to around Rs20 billion later.