The Raigad collectorate on Friday started demolishing absconding diamantaire Nirav Modi’s sprawling seaside mansion in Kihim in Alibaug as the bungalow was illegally built and flouted all environmental norms.
District Collector Vijay Suryawanshi issued the demolition orders after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) handed over the property situated in neighbouring Raigad district, over 90 kilometres from here.
According to official records, the 33,000 sq ft luxurious bungalow, constructed partly as a ground-plus-one structure, is situated on a 70,000 sq ft area, with a driveway, high metal fencing and a huge security gate.
The bungalow was built around 2009-10 by Nirav Modi, the prime accused in the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank fraud case.
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.