Home Ministry to propose development of smart cities as ‘safe cities’


By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will soon send a proposal to integrate its “safe city” project with the “smart cities” project of the Urban Development (UD) Ministry.

Photo credit: www.dqindia.com
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The proposal if accepted will result in the 100 smart cities being equipped with latest security features like CCTVs and command control centres that will make them safe from crime and terrorism, according to a report in the Economic Times.

Currently, MHA is running the “safe city” project only in seven metros- Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad.

The project includes modernizing the police and equipping them with CCTVs at all public places, a command control center to monitor and act on the live feeds from those CCTVs, a Dial 100 emergency response system, GPS-enabled dispatch of patrol cars, and aerial surveillance using UAVs and helicopters.

The ET report quotes a MHA official as saying: “The idea is that MHA and UD Ministry should not work in isolation on each of its projects and it is better that MHA works with UD on the latter’s project rather than planning for the safety of the cities subsequently.”