Noida Authority has informed the Supreme Court that the demolition of the illegally constructed twin towers in Sector 93A of Gautam Buddh Nagar will be completed by 22 March. The Supreme Court has set 17 May as the next date of hearing when the Noida Authority has been directed to update with the status report.
Senior advocate Ravindra Kumar for Noida Authority said that the demolition work had begun as he submitted photos as evidence.
A Bench of Justice DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant had ordered the demolition of the twin towers in August last year. Although the court had ordered the demolition to be completed within three months, the building company, Supertech, had asked for more time arguing that three months may not be enough to complete the demolition works.
The top court had said this month that the delay in carrying out the demolition of Supertech’s twin towers was in violation of the court order and the company directors may face jail. Ordering the demolition to start within two weeks, the Supreme Court had also directed that the refunds to home buyers with interest be paid by no later than 28 February (today).
As part of the demolition plan approved by Noida Authority, Supertech has hired an agency, Edifice, to carry out the demolition works of the twin towers.
The topic had become controversial after the Emerald Court Owner Resident Welfare Association from the adjacent housing society, Supertech Emerald Court, moved the top court challenging the construction of the twin towers. The owners and residents of Supertech Emerald Court felt that the construction of the twin towers, more than twice the height of the adjacent housing society had an adverse impact on them.
They said that Supertech had not informed them about its plan to construct a 40-storey twin towers when they bought flats in Supertech Emerald Court. Residents of Supertech Emerald Court often complained that twin towers restricted their access to the proper view, fresh air and sunlight, particularly in winters, when the lack of sunlight made their lives miserable.