Supreme Court orders demolition of twin towers in Noida

The court has ordered to raze two 40-storey towers by SuperTech Group in NOIDA, making up around 850 flats.

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday slammed SuperTech builders and condemned the theft behaviour of builders and authorities in Tier 1 metro cities that rob ordinary people’s life savings and dream of owning a home.

The court has ordered to raze two 40-storey towers by SuperTech Group in NOIDA, making up around 850 flats. The court found that the infrastructure flouted regulations regarding distance to be maintained between buildings and compromising fire safety. The court also ruled out the towers, in the NCR region, are constructed by establishment dishonest behaviour between officials of NOIDA Authority and the group. The authorities involved will now be prosecuted.

Court has also SuperTech to refund money to all those who had purchased flats in the towers within two months at an annual interest rate of 12%. Besides this, SuperTech has been ordered to pay Rs 2 crore to the Resident’s Welfare Association of 15 other towers constructed as part of the original plan, which was revised multiple times for the twin towers to squeeze in.

SuperTech was first in to move in supreme court in appeal against the April 2014 Allahabad High Court order that directed it to demolish the twin towers and sanctioned prosecution of the officials involved. The towers had been under construction when the High Court ruling had come, and the apex court had ordered a status quo.

They also rejected NOIDA authority’s argument that ruled for an exception to the distance norms if the building blocks have dead-end sides facing each other.

The Bench led by Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah held that the purpose of the Uttar Pradesh Industrial Area Development Act, 1976, and Uttar Pradesh Apartments Act, 2010, was to ensure protection of the environment and ensuring well-being, privacy and safety of residents.

“Illegal construction has to be dealt with severely, the Bench said, adding “When these regulations are violated by developers, it strikes at the very core of urban planning and strikes upon common citizens. This results in an increased harm to environment and overthrown of safety standards.” The bench ruled out.

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