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Karachi Secure Metropolis undertaking: seven years late and counting

KARACHI: The Secure Metropolis undertaking in Karachi, which promised the set up of 10,000 CCTV cameras, has been delayed for seven years regardless of a Supreme Court docket order to launch it in 2016.

The three way partnership between the Sindh authorities and the Nationwide Radio Telecommunication Company (NRTC) has been suffering from a number of setbacks, leading to a staggering 300 % improve within the estimated price of the undertaking.

Initially budgeted at Rs10 billion in 2011, when it was authorized, the price of the undertaking has now risen to Rs40 billion. The undertaking was set to incorporate the set up of CCTV cameras, the institution of command and management centres, the introduction of face and automobile recognition software program, and a biometric system to determine culprits.

Regardless of repeated claims by the Sindh authorities that the undertaking was set to launch quickly, the ballooning price and delays from the provincial authorities have raised severe questions in regards to the authorities’s efficiency.

Because the individuals of Karachi proceed to undergo from a scarcity of safety, the federal government’s failure to launch this significant undertaking is nothing in need of a travesty.

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