Published On: Thu, Oct 16th, 2014

Navarro: “Project to install cameras in downtown will continue”

WillemstadWILLEMSTAD – The project to install security cameras in downtown will continue its course. This is according to the Minister of Justice, Nelson Navarro. Some people have noted that the period has passed in which the cameras should have been operational already. This project was supposed to be carried out by a Chinese company.

“The period has passed and indeed nothing has been done yet, but I can assure you that we still working on it and these security cameras will be installed. This is a project that has the highest priority for us,” the Minister said.

The Minister admitted that there were some delays in executing this project. The plan to install cameras has been presented since 2005, but it was never realized for various reasons. “It is like every time there are invisible hands trying to thwart this initiative,” Navarro indicated.

“This project suffered two months delay because of bureaucracy. We also had to evaluate it financially. We had to walk a long way before presenting it to the Council of Ministers for approval. But we are going to pick up the speed and try to win back the time we lost.”

The technicians from the Chinese company will be traveling to Curaçao soon to start their inspection and also prepare to execute the work.

The Minister also said that his Ministry had discussions with business owners in Punda and will soon talk to those in Otrabanda about the pilot project.

After the downtown area, the Ministry will continue with other areas on the island, especially touristy ones.

“Soon the people of Curaçao will see this project being realized. Our goal was to have these cameras installed in Punda and Otrabanda by January of next year, but because of the delay it will be sometime in the first quarter of the year,” the Minister said.

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