Karachi: According to a recent news report, Chief Minister Sindh, Murad Ali Shah has approved Rs. 30 billion for the launch of the “Karachi Safe City” project. The decision was taken over a meeting to review the progress of the project.

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Information Technology Minister Taimur Talpur, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Planning Chairman M. Waseem, Home Secretary Usman Chachar, and others were present at the conference. Under the program, 10,000 CCTV cameras will be deployed in the city in three stages, each of which will be completed in 12 months beginning in the next financial year, 2021-22.

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In the first phase, cameras would be installed at all the entry/exit points of the city and in the district South for Rs. 9.9 billion. In the second phase, cameras would be installed in three districts, to be selected later on, for Rs. 9.8 billion. In the third and the concluding phase, three more districts would be covered for Rs. 9.7 billion.

The chief minister was told that at present 2,196 cameras were installed at 538 locations in the city, of them 1,201 belonged to the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, 198 to the IT dept and 155 to Sindh police.

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