The Supreme Court of India has directed authorities to begin the demolition of the 40-storied Noida Supertech Twin Towers in two weeks.
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The Supreme Court of India has directed authorities to begin the demolition of the illegal twin towers, part of Supertech’s Emerald Court project in Noida, within two weeks.
A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant had earlier ordered the developer, Supertech Ltd, to refund payments to home buyers for flats booked in the 40-stories twin towers. The Emerald Court is located in Noida’s Sector 93.
In an order on Monday, the apex court instructed the chief executive officer of the Noida Authority to convene a meeting of all agencies concerned within 72 hours to finalize the schedule for demolition.
Noida Authority has to present a final demolition plan to the Supreme Court within three days.
The bench, in an earlier hearing, had also noted that as many as 38 homebuyers have moved the court, seeking orders to the developer to grant them a refund.
Order for demolition
Supreme Court on August 31 of last year ordered the demolition of the twin towers part of Supertech’s Emerald Court project in Noida’s Sector 93.
The court found that the two towers were constructed illegally by the developer.
After ordering its demolition, the apex court had, on January 17 of this year, ordered Supertech Ltd to sign a contract with a demolition agency as proposed by the Noida Authority.
Supertech, on the other hand, had sought at least three months’ time to carry out a “safe demolition” process. The court, however, warned the developer that non-compliance could result in Supertech’s directors being sent to jail for “playing truant with the court”.
In addition, the apex court has given Supertech time until February 28 to refund the money with interest to all homebuyers who have booked flats in either of the twin towers.
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