Alibaug coast bungalows

Illegal bungalows on Alibaug coast: HC summons collector

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.

A division bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and R I Chagla asked the Alibaug collector to remain present on November 11 with all the records pertaining to the issue.

The bench 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 such structures have sprung up in Alibaug, a popular getaway near Mumbai, in violation of the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority rules, it said.

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