Maharashtra Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam asked Raigad collector to demolish the illegal bungalow of fugitive businessman Nirav Modi in Alibaug. “In all, there are 121 illegal bungalows in Alibaug and 151 illegal bungalows in Murud in Raigad district. Some of these illegal bungalows belong to Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, Smita Godrej, Madhukar Parekh and others. I have asked the Raigad collector to demolish the illegal bungalow of Nirav Modi,” Kadam said while addressing the media after the review meeting at Mantralaya.
Officials from the collector’s office said Modi’s bungalow is in Kihim village, while Choksi’s bungalow is in Awas village in Raigad district. Officials said Modi’s bungalow would be demolished as it violated Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms.
“So, we have now transferred the cases to the National Green Tribunal. The police will conduct the document verification in a month. All the cases in NGT are likely to be cleared in the next 2-3 months,” Kadam said.
Raigad collector Vijay Suryawanshi confirmed the order given by Kadam to demolish Modi’s illegal bungalow.
“We have written to the Enforcement Directorate, which has attached the bungalow, asking them to allow us to carry out the demolition. The demolition will happen after we get a go-ahead from ED,” said Suryawanshi.