Allegations against AI Camera contract: Antony Raju passes buck to KELTRON

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Thiruvananthapuram: Minister for Transport Antony Raju on Sunday claimed that the Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (KELTRON) has to respond to Congress veteran Ramesh Chennithala’s allegations against the contract made for installing Artificial Intelligence-enabled surveillance cameras for traffic management.

The state-owned enterprise KELTRON, which prepared the project is obliged to explain details like the cost of AI cameras and its technical aspects, said the minister.

“The project was developed by KELTRON, not the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD). Safe Kerala project has been entrusted with KELTRON, as it has the expertise to roll out the project,” said Antony Raju.

The minister highlighted that the project was handed over to KELTRON in 2018 and he became the minister only in 2021. If there are any issues over the transparency of the project, then KELTRON should clarify, he noted.

Nearly 58 per cent of road accidents are caused by two-wheelers and the AI cameras are installed to bring down the number of accidents. The traffic violations have reduced considerably soon after the AI cameras became operational, said the minister.

Earlier today, Chennithala raised allegations against the contract pertaining to the installation of AI cameras across the state under MVD. Though the contract was made for Rs 75 crore, the government later announced Rs 232 crore as the expenditure of the project, said Ramesh Chennithala in a press meet. He also alleged that the entity which won the e-tender has no previous experience in the sector.

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