Departmental probe into AI camera deal concludes

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APM Mohammed Hanish

Thiruvananthapuram: The investigation led by industries' department secretary Mohammed Hanish, IAS, into the contracts awarded by Keltron for installing artificial-intelligence powered cameras for traffic surveillance has been completed. The report will be submitted to the government which will decide on the further actions to be taken, if any.

Congress has levelled allegations of corruption surrounding the costs and companies involved.

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Although the government has approved the project, a final Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Department of Motor Vehicles and Keltron has not been signed. The agreement has to be prepared in three months, and the government may be able to change the terms in the final MoU if necessary.

Earlier, a report by transport commissioner S Sreejith gave a clean chit to the transport department in its part in the deal.

From the project's inception, the commissioner has overseen all procedures, which were approved by the finance department. Legal counsel was consulted, and the finance department's technical committee provided recommendations after discussing the file. The committee determined that Keltron cannot impose fines, which precludes implementation in build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) mode. The finance department also approved the project, according to the report.

In the meantime, fines for violations captured by 726 AI-enabled cameras installed throughout Kerala will be further delayed. The previous deadline of May 20 for imposing fines has been extended to June 5. Awareness notices have been sent out since May 5 and will continue until June 4.

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