As we hinted earlier, the Punjab Safe Cities Project will be launched in October, this year, Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Lahore Tayyab Hafeez Cheema has officially confirmed while speaking in a meeting at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI).
According to the authorities, this project is the laudable initiative of the Punjab government to ensure the security of the masses and it will bring Lahore at par with the big cities of the developed world. 24-hour monitoring will be conducted through integrated command, control and communication system (PPIC3).
CTO Lahore said that this project will not only take the security to the next level but will also help stop the violation of traffic rules and regulation.
Starting from Lahore, the safe cities project is government’s measure to monitor closely the public places, organizations, streets, and roads as well as the VIP routes including the entry and exit points of Lahore with the help of 8,023 high-tech IP NV cameras.
Lahore has attained the status of international business destination, therefore, the authorities want it to make safe and look like the global capital.
The traffic on the roads of Lahore is increasing on a daily basis. The smooth flow of traffic is a must to cut the cost of doing business and on time delivery of goods at their destinations. To keep the vehicular traffic on the move, traffic police officials will conduct weekly visits to the city markets for recording the traffic.
The CTO Lahore informed the meeting that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry will provide maximum help to the Punjab government in the larger interests of the economy.
The LCCI Vice President Nasir Saeed presided over the meeting convened by the LCCI Standing Committee on Internal Trade Affairs. Convener of the Committee Mujahid Maqsood Butt, Mian Abdul Razzaq, Zahid Maqsood Butt, Khamis Saeed Butt and Abdul Razzaq Bubber also spoke on the occasion.
Although Safe Cities Project is a great initiative by the government of Punjab, the question remains unclear whether the few thousand cameras are enough to provide safety to every citizen? The time will tell.