Noida construction case: Supertech goes to the apex court, seeks to restrict demolition to a single tower

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The top court found that Supertech had illegally built the two towers, T16 and T17, with 40 floors, without prior sanctioned building plans and in violation of guidelines of the various building regulations. In its review petition, Supertech has contended that demolition of one tower alone would ensure compliance with minimum distance requirements and the national building code, without affecting the environment.

 Demolish only one tower, real estate developer Supertech has said in its plea filed before the Supreme Court against its demolition order of 40-storey twin towers at its Emerald Court housing project in Noida. The towers house over 900 flats and were ordered to be demolished over the violation of construction by-laws.

"Demolish only one tower," petitioned Supertech, arguing that it will save crores of rupees.

On August 31, a bench led by Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud had directed the demolition over grave violations of building norms, which, the court said, was a result of “nefarious complicity” between Noida Authority and the real estate developer. The apex court directed that the entire amount of home buyers be refunded with 12 percent interest from the time of the booking and the Residents Welfare Association (RWA) be paid ₹2 crore for the harassment caused due to the construction of the twin towers.