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Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam accused Nirav Modi’s luxurious bungalow in Alibaug has been demolished today (Friday, March 8) by the office of the district collector of Raigad.

The district collector Vijay Suryavanshi told news agency PTI, that it was a controlled blasting.

The senior IAS official had issued the demolition orders after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) handed over the property situated in Raigad.

On Tuesday, excavators were used to open the pillars of the bungalow called ‘Roopanya’, to make space for fixing the detonators. A special technical team was called to fix them.

The opulent bungalow named ‘Roopanya’ and estimated to be worth Rs 100 crore, is constructed as a ground-plus one structure, comprising of a driveway, heavy metal fencing and a huge security gate expands over an area of 33,000 sq ft. It also includes a sprawling swimming pool, resort like slides and expensive fittings.

Situated at Kihim beach, over 90 km from Mumbai, it was declared illegal along with 58 other structures that flouted all environmental norms.

The bungalow was demolished because it violates the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) norms and state permits as well, reports quoted authorities as saying.

Efforts to demolish the bungalow have been going on for over a month now. However, even the heavy machinery generally used for demolition activities has been unable to dent strong foundation of the villa.

Modi’s bungalow was attached by the ED following his involvement in the Punjab National Bank fraud case. It was handed over to the collector’s office on January 24, after the ED seized two trucks full of valuables from the building.

(With Inputs from agencies)

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