New Delhi: Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi’s posh seaside bungalow in Alibaug will be demolished using dynamite sticks, reports claimed. The demolition process will be carried out by the office of the district Collector of Raigad on Friday. Raigad district collector Vijay Suryavanshi had ordered demolition of 58 unauthorised structures, which are located in Kihim along the Alibaug beach, over 90 kms from Mumbai, including one of Nirav Modi. The demolition order was passed following rebuke from the Bombay High Court for failing to initiate action against the illegal structures.
Named Roopanya, the luxurious 30,000 square feet bungalow, which is estimated to be worth Rs 100 crore has a sprawling swimming pool, resort like slides, expensive fittings and a driveway. Raigad Collector Suryavanshi had said the bungalow was illegally built and flouted all environmental norms.
The property, allegedly located within the low tide and high tide area, was earlier attached by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) which is probing the PNB case, among other agencies, against Modi who is reportedly hiding in a foreign country.
The demolition was taken up in accordance with a Bombay High Court order on a PIL filed by NGO Shamburaje Yuva Kranti (SYK), demanding action against various illegal bungalows, hotels and resorts violating the high tide and low tide zones in tiny villages dotting the beaches of Raigad.
In August last year, Maharashtra Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam had said there were 151 illegal such constructions on or near the beaches on the Murud stretch and another 121 in Alibaug and neighbourhood beaches violating CRZ rules, not adhering to sanctioned plans and other regulations.
Besides Modi and his fugitive uncle Mehul Choksi, now a citizen of Antigua & Barbuda, several celebrities, industrialists, top businessmen, film and television personalities own big and small properties on this picturesque stretch of central coastal Konkan region.