KOCHI: The Kochi Corporation has decided to initiate a legal battle with the Keltron company after the latter secured a favourable verdict from the High Court to collect compensation from the civic body for the delay in installing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system to track hoardings in the city.
As per the agreement, the corporation had to remit the amount to Keltron immediately after the installation of RFID. Though the civic body procured RFID chips worth `45 lakh, the project has been put on the hold.
If Keltron secures a favourable verdict from the division bench on the issue, which is likely to come up before the court on February 27, the corporation will have to spend a hefty amount as compensation.
“We will file a review petition before the High Court and will also seek legal advice from the Advocate General before proceeding against Keltron,” said corporation secretary Haritha V Kumar at the council session.
Meanwhile, the Opposition alleged the delay in implementing the project has resulted in a huge financial loss to the corporation. “It was in 2011 the corporation initiated the project but even after six years there has been very little progress. As per the estimate, around Rs 250 crore has been lost owing to the negligence of the corporation,” alleged CPM councillor V P Chandran.