Local residents and RWA members of the Supertech Emerald Court applauded the Supreme Court order to demolish the twin towers in the same complex.
The Supreme Court upheld a 2014 Allahabad High Court ruling on the demolition of the two towers of Emerald Court in Noida Sector 93A and said the demolition must be completed within three months. Supertech Limited, the developer, was also asked to reimburse all existing home buyers for the amount they invested along with an interest rate of 12% per annum in two months.
Pankaj Verma, Secretary General of RWA: “We initially rejected the construction because the new towers would contain around 900 apartments. The residents of these 900 apartments were shown our lawn, swimming pool, tennis court, etc. This means that our apartments with 660 apartments would be merged with the two towers. That would have created traffic jams and chaos. ”He added that even fire brigades were unable to reach some buildings due to the construction work.
Resident objections to the twin towers go back to 2009, when Supertech began construction without official approval. In November 2009, Noida authorities approved a revised plan that increased the number of towers from 15 to 17. The RWA then went to the Allahabad High Court in 2012 against the move.
Local residents had also raised concerns that the construction of the two towers would block ventilation and sunlight. The land used to be a green space for people to walk on, they said.
Rajesh Rana, President of RWA, said: “After the construction work began, there was unbearable noise and air pollution every day. We bought apartments in these apartments because of the amenities … But they were compromised by the construction of the two towers. “
The Noida authority said in a statement that it would comply with the SC regulation. Officials said every point in the order was being followed thoroughly and the demolition would be done in three months with the help of a panel of experts.
Ritu Maheshwari, CEO of the Noida Authority, pointed out that the matter was later brought to the attention of high-ranking officials and an investigation by the department into a flawed official was opened. “An officer attended court sessions for seven years but did not bring it to the attention of the senior officers in time. The ministry has taken action against the officer, ”she said.
Maheshwari said the agency will also take action against officials found guilty of breaking rules.
In the two towers (tower 16 and tower 17), which are located on property 4, there were 915 apartments. The total area of property no. 4 is 54,819 m².
Up to 633 apartments have been booked in these towers, of which 133 people have invested in other projects by the same developer. After an opt-out option was made available, 248 opted for refunds while 252 buyers remained committed to the project.
Founded 32 years ago in the NCR, Supertech was involved in the construction of several high-rise buildings in northern India. It has projects mainly based in Delhi-NCR regions like Noida, Greater Noida, Meerut and Gurgaon. According to its website, it has distributed projects in 50 locations.