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Illegal structures: Bombay HC summons collector summoned in Alibaug case

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Nov 7, 2019, 6:13 am IST
Updated : Nov 7, 2019, 6:13 am IST

Another bench of high court had last year ordered the collector to carry out inspection and demolish illegal bungalows and other structures.

Bombay High Court
 Bombay High Court

Mumbai: The Bombay high court on Wednesday pulled up the Maharashtra government for turning a blind eye to illegal constructions carried out by “powerful and eminent” people in the coastal Alibaug district.  The court has asked the Alibaug collector to remain present on November 11 with all the records pertaining to the issue.

A division bench of Justices S.C. Dharmadhikari and R.I. Chagla was hearing a petition filed by activist Surendra Dhavale, seeking a direction to the authorities to demolish unauthorized constructions within low and high tide areas in coastal areas of Alibaug.

 

Many businessmen have raised illegal structures in Alibaug, a popular getaway near Mumbai, in violation of the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority rules, it said.

Another bench of high court had last year ordered the collector to carry out inspection and demolish illegal bungalows and other structures.

The collector issued demolition orders for several bungalows, including one owned by fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi. Modi’s bungalow was demolished in February this year.

On Wednesday, the HC was informed by additional government pleader P. Kakade that of the 159 illegal structures, 24 had been pulled down.

The owners of 111 structures had approached courts and secured stay to demolition, Mr Kakade said, adding the government had filed appeals against stay orders.

 

“Eminent and powerful people have built these bungalows without bothering to seek requisite permissions. The authorities have turned a blind eye while these bungalows were being constructed,” the high court remarked.

“Does some different and special law apply to these persons and that is why the government has not demolished their structures?” the court asked.

The collector should be present next week and produce details of suits filed by owners of illegal structures and the steps taken by the government for getting the stay to demolition vacated in every case, the judges said.

On July 31, 2019, the Bombay high court had asked the state government why it was hesitant to pull down such properties. The observation came after the state told the bench of chief justices that it was yet to demolish many such structures owing to several injunction orders passed by the lower courts, protecting them.

 

The bench had also sought details of the 111 such orders that the state claimed had been passed by the various lower courts.

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