The provincial government has finally revealed the much anticipated Punjab Budget 2017-18 and out of Rs. 1970 billion, Rs. 45 billion has been reserved for Punjab Safe City project.
Under this project, the Punjab government has already introduced around 8,500 cameras at various places in Lahore to monitor and surveil the city.
The allocated budget would help to initiate this project in six more cities of Punjab including; Multan, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, and Gujranwala.
Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA) has established Punjab Police’s first Command, Control and Communication (PPIC3) system that comprises of three primary components; emergency integrated response, intelligent traffic management and dealing with terrorism. In the future, All six PPIC3 centers will be interconnected.
According to the previously presented proposal, PSCA will also introduce a command and control system, including incident management, geographic information system (GIS), resource management system, integrated automatic resource location system (ARLS), mobile data terminals and an integrated video management system (IVMS).
The benefit of the said project was challenged when the Lahore Blast resulted in the death of fine policemen and also many valuable lives were lost. Apparently few cameras were out order and the government identified the culprit through CCTV footage of local ice cream parlor.
In Lahore, under the Safe City project, the provincial government is also testing the e-challan system, where ANP cameras have been installed to record the traffic law violations.
Unfortunately, cameras under this project cannot read the number plates on any car and motorcycle, on account of carrying smaller letters and thus the government will be changing the 4 million number plates in Lahore according to the design issued by the PSCA.