Business tycoon Nirav Modi’s opulent bungalow in Alibaug was demolished using dynamite sticks on Friday by the office of the district Collector of Raigad. The posh villa, named Roopanya, is located at Kihim beach and expands over an area of 33,000 square feet. The demolition was carried on after the Bombay High Court order against the illegal structure, which was part of the properties attached by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
The villa, estimated to cost Rs 100 crore, is built as a ground-plus-one-structure and includes a driveway, heavy metal fencing and a huge security gate. It also comprises of a swimming pool, resort-like slides and affluent fittings. This is the same building where Nirav used to earlier host high-end parties, as per reports. The authorities tried to thrash the structure earlier too but weren’t successful even with heavy machinery due to the superior quality structure construction material used in the building. Reports add the efforts of the demolition have been going on for over a month now.
The order of the demolition by Bombay HC was passed after public interest litigation (PIL) was filed by NGO Shamburaje Yuva Kranti in 2009 who ‘demanded action against illegal bungalows, hotels and resorts violating the high tide and low tide zone small villages along the beaches of Raigad.’ It is because Nirav Modi violated the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) rules by intruding upon the area to build a bigger bungalow. Besides his illegal construction in the CRZ zone, he also created a garden outside his villa and between the beach, which is government land and falls in the CRZ zone.