Kerala MVD seeks explanation from Keltron regarding AI-camera deal

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AI camera installed near Mananchira, Kozhikode | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: In an effort to address recent allegations regarding the alleged scam in the installation of AI-driven surveillance cameras, the Kerala Motor Vehicle Department would seek an explanation from Keltron (Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation), which entered into an agreement to establish the government's ambitious project."

Earlier, the Department of Industries & Commerce also sought an explanation from Keltron. Meanwhile, MVD will be looking to clear the air on the controversial contract signed by Keltron with the government and the quality of the cameras used for the project.

The contract signed by former Transport Commissioner R Sreelekha had recently surfaced, pointing fingers at a controversial clause included by Keltron that could leave a huge financial burden on the state government. As a result of these developments, MVD has finally decided to seek an explanation from Keltron.

Initially, the government suggested a Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) model for the project to install AI-based cameras in the state. The model allows the government to cut down unnecessary expenses. However, Keltron omitted this model from the final contract tabled before MVD. Instead, the government has to pay Rs 13 crore every three months to Keltron.

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