The Sindh government has decided to install automatic numberplate recognition cameras (ANPR) at the entry and exit points of toll plazas across the province to fight crime. The decision was made during a meeting of the provincial cabinet presided over by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.

The ANPR cameras will take pictures of cars' number plates and people sitting in the front seats, and will read the numberplate characters to identify vehicles and use face recognition features to identify the passengers. The pictures will be sent to the Central Police Office's central monitoring room in real-time, which will help prevent and detect crime by identifying vehicles linked to crimes, including thievery and hit-and-run, and provide early warning of suspicious vehicles entering the city.

The project is estimated to cost around Rs1.57 billion and is set to be executed on a government-to-government basis to maintain integrity and security. CM Shah directed the chief secretary to hire a consultant immediately and award the contract for the project within a month.

In another decision, the cabinet has capped the reward money for arresting or killing criminals involved in heinous crimes. The reward amount will be capped at Rs10 million and will be based on the severity of the criminal's actions and the number of first information reports (FIRs) registered against them.

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