The deployment of around 2,500 security personnel and installation of cameras has led to the spiralling cost.

RK Nagar bye-polls could be Indias costliest ever with a Rs 3 crore spend
news Elections Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 09:23

The RK Nagar bye-election in Tamil Nadu will cost the exchequer an unprecedented Rs 3 crore, making it the costliest election in India’s history, as per a report by B Sivakumar in The Times of India

In view of complaints of distribution of money, the poll panel has made extensive arrangements, deploying around 2,500 security personnel and installing cameras. Due to this, the cost for this election has shot up to Rs 3 crore, whereas the usual bill for a bye-election is Rs 60 lakh, the report says. 

Extra measures have been taken to prevent distribution of money to voters over the next few days before polling on December 21, special chief electoral officer Vikram Batra told ToI. 

"Ever since I landed in Chennai on Saturday, I have been reviewing the arrangements made in the constituency. We have 21 all-India service officials involved as observers, returning officer, polling officials and security. We are doing our best to make the election free and fair, he said. 

The number of flying squads in the constituency have also been enhanced from Sunday. 

While there were two flying squads per ward and 14 in total for the seven wards, they have been increased to three per ward including one each to all election observers, Vikram Batra said. 

Talking about the unprecedented security arrangements, the EC official said that they have deployed 900 central force personnel including CRPF and CISF. Besides this, there are more than 1,000 state police personnel. To prevent distribution of money in the night, IAS and IPS officers have been deployed for night patrolling. 

"The bye-election will enter the record books in terms of expenditure of tax payers' money. With massive security and other arrangements being made, the total expenditure will be Rs 3 crore against Rs 50 to Rs 60 lakh for bye-polls in other states," a state election department official told ToI. 

A cost of Rs 50 lakh has been incurred to set up the cameras alone. 

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