State seeks ED nod for demolishing Nirav Modi bungalow

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Nirav Modi is on the run after being named in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam and had illegally built a bungalow at Alibaug’s Kihim beach. There are 202 other illegal bungalow owners who are face the threat of demolition of their properties.

Mumbai: The State government has sought permission from Enforcement Directorate (ED) to demolish Nirav Modi’s bungalow constructed illegally at Alibaug on Tuesday. 

The government has written to the ED asking for permission to demolish Nirav Modi’s bungalow, that was sealed by the ED after an order from the High Court. 

Nirav Modi is on the run after being named in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam and had illegally built a bungalow at Alibaug’s Kihim beach. There are 202 other illegal bungalow owners who are face the threat of demolition of their properties.

The bungalow is built illegally by flouting all environmental norms and other permissions from the authorities. 

The district collector of Raigad has began a proceedings to demolish all 202 illegal bungalows in Alibaug and Murud talukas. Nirav Modi’s property is currently being sealed by the ED and the district collector has no right to proceed without permission from ED. 

“We have written to the ED seeking permission,” said Dr Vijay Suryawanshi, Collector, Raigad district. There is one more illegal bungalow constructed by another fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi, who is also on the run after being named in the PNB scam. According to the collector, this bungalow is at Awas beach and falls under the list of illegal ones. 

Ramdas Kadam, Maharashtra Environment Minister said that the government will initiate action against all these bungalows as they receive permission from the ED.    

In a meeting with officials, Kadam discussed the issue of illegal bungalows being built at beaches in Alibaug and Murud talukas of Raigad district. 

As per the Environment Department, Murud and Alibaug talukas have 121 and 151 illegal bungalows in the area. The owners of 61 structures in Alibaug area and 101 in Murud have secured stay orders from the local court.

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