The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the demolition of two 40-floor towers built by real estate company Supertech in one of its housing projects in Noida. The apex court noted that the construction was a result of the collusion between the officials of the Noida authority and Supertech.
In its verdict, the Supreme Court said the construction of the twin towers, comprising 915 flats in Supertech Emerald Court in Noida, were done in violation of the rules and must be razed within three months by Supertech at its own cost.
The apex court directed that the entire amount of home buyers be refunded with 12 per cent interest from the time of the booking and the Residents Welfare Association be paid Rs 2 crore for the harassment caused due to the construction of the twin towers.
A bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and M.R. Shah said that April 11, 2014 verdict of the Allahabad high court, which directed demolition of twin towers, does not deserve any interference.
It said the construction of Supertech’s twin 40 storey towers and shops was done in collusion with NOIDA authority and the high court was correct in holding that view.
The bench said that demolition exercise of the twin towers be carried out within three months under the supervision of NOIDA and an expert agency and the cost of the entire exercise has to be borne by Supertech Ltd.
The top court said that recently it has seen rampant unauthorised construction in metropolitan areas in collusion with planning authorities and it has to be dealt with sternly.
Courtesy – www.theweek.in