Punjab, Chinese company sign agreement for safe cities project
LAHORE, (APP): Punjab, Chinese company sign agreement for safe cities project
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif was the chief guest at the signing ceremony held at Model Town, here on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the agreement between the Punjab government and Chinese company Huawei regarding Safe Cities Project was a milestone in the history of the province.
He said that the project to be started in Lahore after Islamabad would be state-of-the-art.
He said that Safe City Project was the most important project for the protection of citizens as well as meeting the challenges of terrorism, extremism and street crime.
He said that the first phase of the project would be completed this year whereas the project would be fully functional within a year.
He said that after the completion of the third phase its scope would extend to the whole city.
Shehbaz Sharif said that under the project latest cameras would be installed while command and control center was also being established.
He said that vehicles equipped with modern equipment were also a part of the project.
He said that after Lahore, work would be started simultaneously on Safe Cities Project in four other cities of Punjab including Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Multan.
He said that all these projects would be completed before the completion of the constitutional tenure of the present government.
He said that Safe Cities Project was based on latest technology and equipment for the protection of future generation against crime and would tremendously improve security situation.
He said that Islamabad Safe City Project which was inherited from the former government had also been successfully furthered by the government of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and this project was moving towards completion under the supervision of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
The Chief Minister said that bidding for Punjab Safe Cities Project was held in a very transparent manner and the best companies of the world took part in the bidding process but Huawei made the lowest bid.
However, he said, negotiations were held successfully with the lowest bidding company Huawei and a further amount of four billion rupees was saved.
He said that under the leadership of Prime Minister the present government had set examples of saving of national resources.
He said that manpower would be recruited for this project on merit and their training would also be arranged.
He said that with the completion of this project, law and order situation would improve and this project would be a splendid example of Pak-China friendship.
The Chief Minister also thanked Chinese Consul General Yu Boren.
Chief Executive Officer Huawei, Meng Xiaojie, while addressing the ceremony, said that Pak-China friendship was an example and a peaceful and safe atmosphere would become available to citizens with the completion of Punjab Safe Cities Project.
He said that 8023 cameras would be installed in Lahore while modern cameras would also be fixed on 800 vehicles in the city which would modernize the system of surveillance.
Chinese Consul General Yu Boren, Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah, Bilal Yasin, Member National Assembly Pervaiz Malik, Special Assistant Rana Maqbool Ahmed, Inspector General Police, Secretary Home, senior officials of Huawei, Assembly Members, intellectuals and columnists were present on the occasion.