Major General Abdul-Khaliq Talat, the director general of Erbil police, said the surveillance camera project was introduced in 2013 but “due to the economic crisis in the Kurdistan Region the project was put on hold.”
“It is back on track now,” Talat told the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) website.
“The cameras will be located on public streets inside and outside of the city similar to the systems used in Istanbul, Turkey, and Oman which succeeded in improving safety and security,” he added.
“The cost coverage will be around $60 million which will be completed through several stages,” Talat explained.
“Nevertheless, we will make it a priority.”
According to the director general of Erbil police, the city’s borders are expanding on a large scale with foreign companies and expats reguarly moving to the Kurdistan Region.
Talat said the surveillance project would assist police and security agencies carry out their duties and responsibilities and, as a result, improve the safety of the region.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany