Over 4 billion kyats (US$2.7 million) worth of CCTV cameras will be added to the security apparatus in Naypyitaw, according to Lower House lawmaker U Than Soe Aung of Pyinmana Township in Naypyitaw. The cameras will be installed with funds from the Naypyitaw Council, the executive body of the Naypyitaw Union Territory, which is directly responsible to the President.
Parliamentary approval has been sought to allow 4.1 billion kyats to be spent in the 2019-20 budget upgrading the capital’s security system, said U Than Soe Aung.
He said the Naypyitaw Council would not reveal how and where the cameras would be installed. Twelve companies have submitted proposals to the Naypyitaw Council.
“We submitted a proposal on Dec. 16. [The council] has not yet replied,” said the owner of Linn IT Solution Co Ltd, which is based in Naypyitaw.
The market price of a CCTV camera is between 50,000 and 100,000 kyats ($34-$68). The tender winners will be responsible for installing the police-controlled cameras and surveillance system. According to tender procedures issued by the President’s Office in 2017, for security matters related to the armed forces, prisons and procurement, the government can only make purchases from recognized suppliers.
The cameras are due to be installed by September. The police said more than 400 surveillance cameras were already monitoring public locations in Naypyitaw. The control center is at the Naypyitaw police headquarters.