Demolition Of Goa’s Restaurant Curlies Starts, Then Halts

by Vinita Jain
Demolition Of Goa’s Restaurant Curlies Starts, Then Halts

The demolition process of Goa’s Curlies restaurant was granted a moratorium by the supreme court on Friday. However, the authorities again started the demolition of all the illegal buildings occupied by Curlies after demarcating the property. On September 6, NGT dismissed an appeal filed by the owner of Curlies Nightclub challenging the Goa Coastal Zone Authority (GCZMA) demolition order.

Sonali Phogat came to Goa on August 22nd and was staying at the hotel in Anjuna. On the same day, she threw a party at Curlies restaurant where she was allegedly dosed with methamphetamine. She became ill that night and the next morning she was taken to a private hospital in Anjuna, where she was declared dead.

SC Conducts Demolition Of Curlies Restaurant In Goa

The lawsuit against the restaurant comes after its owner failed to obtain a reprieve from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against a 2016 demolition order from the Goa Coastal Zone Authority (GCZMA). Goa bans tourists from consuming drugs & cooking in public as part of a new tourism policy

Demolition began around 7:45 am in the presence of police and collectors from North Goa. Demolition stopped around 11:20 pm, by which time nearly 15% of the building had been demolished. Authorities found it difficult to transport the excavator to the site due to the lack of proper road access. It is believed that the TikTok star and BJP leader from Haryana, Sonali Phogat was given drugs at Curlies.

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Gajanan Korgaonkar, an attorney for the Curlies, said the Supreme Court had granted a moratorium on building demolition in poll No. 42/10. “We have been asked to stop commercial activities at Curlies till the hearing,” Gajanan said.

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