The Defence Housing Authority (DHA Lahore) has said that it had installed 120 modern security cameras at all entry and exit points of the DHA for round-the-clock electronic surveillance of important spots of the posh neighborhood of the city.

The Administrator, DHA, Brigadier Aamir Raza Qureshi, disclosed this to a delegation of the Association of Defence Residents (ADR) who held the meeting with the former on civic-related issues of the Defence residents.

The DHA chief said that the project of electronic surveillance of the Defence area had been made operational while in the next phase another 250 similar security cameras would be installed at educational institutions, mosques and Imambargahs, public places and in some commercial areas in DHA.

The meeting was informed that the DHA in collaboration with the traffic police would start effective implementation of one-way traffic regime on Khayaban-e-Shamsheer in DHA from next month.

The DHA administrator said that DHA would also start work on the development of a graveyard in DHA Phase-VIII very soon to meet a demand of the residents of the area.

SECURITY FORCE PROPOSED: The Honorary General Secretary of the ADR, Asad Kizilbash, told The News that he had proposed to administrator DHA at the meeting that not just entry and exit points but that all streets of the DHA should be electronically covered through installation of such round-the-clock working security cameras.

He said that a proper and full-fledged security force could be raised for electronic and real on-the-ground surveillance and security of DHA and for the purpose the DHA, the area residents, and Clifton Cantonment should team up.

He said that a separate board of governors could be established for the proposed DHA security force and in it, the residents and Clifton Cantonment should be given due representation in addition to the DHA’s administration.

Kizilbash said that in the later stages the DHA residents could be taxed through the Clifton Cantonment Board, being the municipal agency of the area, for meeting expenses of such a proposed large security force.

However, the DHA residents would only be able to financially contribute to the cause, through new taxation, when they would be convinced that they had proper representation and say in security-related affairs of the DHA, added the ADR office-bearer.