PESHAWAR:A high level meeting to review progress on the proposed Peshawar Safe City Project was here the other day with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mahmood Khan in the chair. The meeting was given detailed briefing about varoius àspects of the project including timelines for the timely completion of different processes, estimate cost, current status, moods of implementation, future plan of action and proposals to proceede further in the matter.
The meeting was informed that 11 kanal of land had been allotted for the construction of Command and Control Centre of the project, survey of 31 police stations had been completed and 940 points had been identified for unstallation of 3500 cameras. The meeting was further informed that PC-1 of the project had been finalized and submitted to Provincial Development Working Party for approval which would later be submiited to Central Development Working party and Executive Committee of the National Economic Council for final approval.
The meeting was also given cost comparison of of Lahore, Isalamabad and Peshawar Safe City Projects and informed that the Peshawar Safe City Project would be completed with an estimted cost of Rs.19 billions.Besides Inspector Genral of Police Dr. Sanauallah Abbassi, Pricipal Secretary to CM, Shahab Ali Shah, Secretary Planning and Development, Humayun Khan and Capital City Police Officer, Muhammad Ali, the meeting was also attended by relevent authorities of Police and Home department.
The Chief Minister while expressing his satisfaction on the progress so far made, directed the concerned quarters for necessary steps to get the PC-1 of the project approved from all the competent forums as per the given timelines. Mahmood khan termed the proposed project as of highly importance for the all time solution of the security issues of the provincial capital and directed all the relevent authorities to carry out a detailed study of the Lahore and Islamabad Safe City Projects before starting practical work on the Peshawar Safe City Project to avoid the repetition of the mistakes and faults once committed on those projects further directing that practical work on Peshawar Safe City Project be satated after ensuring its feasibility in all respects. He stressed the need of going for a suitable financing mood and operational module to make the project feasible and sustainable, and directed that comprehensive strategy be devised to address all the possible technical issues which may hinder the smòoth implementation of the project.
“Protection of the lives and properties of the citizen is the top priority and responsibility of his government and all avialable resouces would be utilized to this end” Mahmood khan remarked and directed the concerned authorities to design the Peshawar Safe City Project in such a way that it should cater for the futuristic security needs of the metropolis. He further directed all the relevant departments to fix realistic timelines to make progress on the project and to take all the required steps to ensure physical progress as per the fixed timelines.