PANAJI: Ashok Harmalkar’s writ petition requesting the regularization of his illegal structure at Arambol was dismissed by the High Court of Bombay in Goa.
The Court ruled that blatantly unlawful buildings that violate the law must be demolished and cannot be tolerated.
As his application for its regularization was pending before the CRZ Infrastructure and Building Construction of the Ministry of Environment and Forest and Climate Change and the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA), made in February 3, 2015 and September 7, 2021, respectively.
Harmalkar had approached the High Court seeking directions to the Arambol village panchayat not to demolish his illegal construction in survey number 80/20/B.
In addition, the petitioner had asked that the Bardez Block Development Officer (BDO) and the panchayat hold off on tearing down his building until after the two respondents had decided to grant him permission to regularize the illegal structure.
In response to a complaint filed by Baburao Harmalkar, the Arambol panchayat was instructed to demolish the illegal structure by an order dated December 26, 2012. However, the petitioner brought an appeal before the panchayat director, who forwarded it to the panchayat director-adj II.
The petitioner was instructed to approach the panchayat with a plea for the regularization of the structure in compliance with the law, after the latter granted his appeal.