After Narvekar bungalow demolition, BJP’s Kirit Somaiya wants Anil Parab’s bungalow to go be demolished too
Geetanjali Minhas | August 24, 2021 | Mumbai
After Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s personal assistant Milind Narvekar demolished his illegally constructed bungalow at Dapoli-Murud seashore in Ratnagiri district on Sunday, BJP leader Kirit Somaiya has said actions have still not been taken for the violations under Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, CRZ Regulations, MRTP Act, 1969 and IPC.
In June 2021, Somaiya had filed a complaint with the Ratnagiri collector and met the union environment secretary regarding the ground-plus-two-storey structure being constructed by Narvekar allegedly without taking required permissions concerning coastal regulation zone (CRZ). The construction was taking place on the land in Murud village in Dapoli, a restricted area, classified CRZ3 and a popular holiday destination. The bungalow plot spans around 1.80 acres (72 gunthas) and was purchased by Narvekar.
After Somaiya’s complaint, officials from the union ministry visited the bungalow on July 5 and directed the state environment and MCZMA officials to demolish it and take actions under CRZ, Environment Protection Act and MRTP. Somaiya says that the state government, environment and revenue ministry, MCZMA, the Ratnagiri collector and the gram panchayat have remained silent on that.
“Last week once again I reminded Maharashtra government officials and raised the issue of Murud- Dapoli illegal constructions with National Green Tribunal. Narvekar failed to submit proof to corroborate his claim of having taken all the permissions. The state government now must file an FIR in the case,” Somaiya said on Monday.
The BJP leader has also filed a complaint against some Shiv Sena leaders including transport minister Anil Parab for construction of ‘illegal’ resort in the area. “The hearing against the illegal construction by Parab is in its last leg at the NGT after which action will also be taken against his structure too,” he said.
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