Punjab, Chinese company sign agreement for safe cities project


LAHORE, (APP): Punjab, Chinese company sign agreement for safe cities project


An agreement was signed between Punjab government and Chinese company Huawei regarding Punjab Safe Cities Project, here on Friday.


Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif was the chief guest at the signing ceremony held at Model Town, here on Friday.


Chief Operating Officer Punjab Safe Cities Authority Akbar Nasir Khan and Chief Executive Officer Huawei Pakistan Meng Xiaojie signed the document.


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 thanked Chinese company Huawei for  extending full cooperation with regard to Safe Cities Project.


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.


Chief Operating Officer Punjab Safe Cities Authority Akbar Nasir Khan while giving details of Punjab Safe Cities Project told that the first phase of the project would be completed in October.


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.