File - A worker attaches a surveillance camera in Hamra's Piccadilly street as part of a government funded project in the Greater Beirut area, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Beirut municipality Friday responded to allegations of mismanagement of an estimated $40 million contract to install 1,500 to 2000 surveillance cameras around the city.The plan was adopted by the municipal council during a Jan. 10 meeting. According to Beirut Mayor Bilal Hamad, the municipality received five bids from qualified companies and narrowed down their choices to the least expensive, Guardia Systems, which has offices in Lebanon, Nigeria and Iraq. Hamad said the $40 million budget was drawn up according to a study carried out in cooperation with Dar Al-Handasah, a prominent engineering company.This training is also covered in the budget, Hamad said.Hamad promised, however, to address the public's concerns soon.
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