Twin 40- floor residential towers in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida, which house over 900 flats and were built by real estate firm Supertech will be demolished over the violation of construction by laws, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday.
A two member bench of justice DY Chandrachud and MR Shah slammed the towers’ illegal construction, which they ruled was achieved by collusion between NOIDA Authority and builders. People who had bought homes in these projects must be refunded in two months, and the cost of demolition, which must take place in three months, is to be borne by Supertech. The court also slammed a “rampant increase in unauthorised construction” and stressed that protection of the environment and safety of the residents had to be considered at all times. Supertech had defended its construction by insisting there was nothing illegal. Among other arguments made by Vikas Singh, the lawyer representing the company, was that the residents welfare association that filed the case did not exist when construction started. The court also demanded to know why and how Noida authorities, in their “eternal wisdom”, permitted large construction projects such as this, in a designated ‘green area’.