AI cameras: Foul play in issuing sub-contracts to companies with no expertise, says Chennithala

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Thrissur: Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala alleged discrepancies in the contract of Artificial Intelligence- enabled surveillance cameras installed under the Motor Vehicles Department all over the state.

The contract for Rs 75 crore with the companies became Rs 232 crore later, accused Ramesh Chennithala. The installation of AI cameras is a foul play with the aid of KELTRON. No documents were revealed as per the Right to Information Act regarding the Safe Kerala project, he added.

KELTRON has given the contract to SRIT, based in Bengaluru, which has no prior experience in this sector, said Chennithala. KELTRON has reported that SRIT has been selected by inviting e-tender. However, the public sector undertaking has to reveal if any other companies participated in the bid.

Chennithala opined that the companies- Lyte Master Lighting India Limited in Thiruvananthapuram and Presadio Technologies Private Limited in Kozhikode which gained the sub-contracts from SRIT have no expertise in the field. Among them, Lyte Master Lighting India Limited withdrew from the contract later.

Though the agreement was to complete the project for Rs 75 crore, SRIT was entrusted with the project for Rs 151.22 crore. When the government announced the project, the expenditure rose to Rs 232 crore, said Chennithala.

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