Illegal Alibaug bungalows of Nirav and Choksi to be razed
Maharashtra environment minister Ramadas Kadam said on Tuesday that he has ordered the demolition of illegal bungalows of fugitive diamond traders and PNB scam accused Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi in Raigad district. The diktat comes days after the Bombay high court expressed its displeasure over the government not acting against the buildings.
“The government has written to the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which has attached the bungalows, asking it to allow their demolition. The action will happen after we get the ED’s go-ahead,” an official from the collector office’s said. Kadam said 121 “illegal” bungalows, including those built by Modi and Choksi, had been identified in Alibaug.
Minister Ramadas Kadam held a review meeting with Raigad collector Vijay Suryawanshi on the illegal bungalows on Tuesday. Kadam said, “Some of these illegal bungalows belong to Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and other celebrities, and I have ordered that they all be demolished.” He added that all the bungalows had come up in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms and without proper plan sanctioned by the local authority.
An official from the district collector’s office said Modi’s bungalow was in Kihim village, while Choksi’s was in Awaas village. Kadam said in the case of the other illegal bungalows, there were stays either granted by the district courts or the Bombay high court. “Because of the stay, we have now transferred cases to the National Green Tribunal. Police will conduct the document verification in a month. All the cases in NGT are likely to be cleared in next 2-3 months,” he said Kadam, clarifying that that as of now, no action would be taken against illegal bungalows built by locals.