Removal of PMK’s RO Units Sparks row
Tension gripped several places in Arni Parliament constituency on Sunday morning after the Revenue Department resorted to removing the reverse osmosis (RO) plants installed by the PMK candidate A K Moorthy, in 10 locations in the constituency, a month ago.
The cadre and supporters of the candidate got into a heated argument with the officials of the Revenue Department and local bodies for removing the RO plants. However, later, the partymen decided to remove the RO plants on their own, to avoid the wrath of the Election Department.
A K Moorthy had installed the RO plants, with a capacity to treat 6,000 to 12,000 litres of water per day, between February 9 and March 2 this year, in 10 locations, including Arni, Polur, Ratnai, Mailam, Cheyyar and Gingee. “I started my election campaign since I was announced as the party candidate for Arni constituency four months ago. I put up the RO plant at Arni on February 9 this year. We installed 10 out of the 20 ROs before the election day was announced,” said Moorthy.
He added that he had decided to install the RO plant as villagers had requested clean drinking water.
The revenue officials, citing violation of code of conduct, removed the RO plants in all the 10 locations. This created uneasy and tense moments for a while. However, the situation turned to normalcy after the PMK cadre decided to remove the facility on their own.
“The Returning Officer of the constituency had received a plethora of complaints as the ROs were being used as poll campaign tools since they also had the candidate name and picture. We have taken steps to enforce the model code of conduct,” said DEO A Gnanasekaran.