The Supertech Twin Towers were demolished on Sunday (28 August). Developer Supertech is facing a loss of around Rs 1,000 crore due to the demolition of the Emerald Court project in Noida. It also took around Rs 20 crore to demolish the building. So, why are buildings torn down? description:
The Twin Towers (namely Apex and Cayenne) are located in Sector 93A, Noida. The height of one building is 103 meters, while the other is about 97 meters high. About 3700 kg of explosives were brought from Palwal (Haryana) to be used for demolition. It was a mixture of dynamite, emulsion and plastic explosives.
The ‘Supertech Emerald Court’ housing society in Noida, comprising two towers, was proposed to be built in 2004. The Noida Authority allotted a plot of land of 48,263 square meters, which was a part of Plot No. Sector 93A.
In 2005, the Noida Authority approved the building plan for the construction of Emerald Court which consists of 14 towers, each with ground and nine floors (G+9). The construction of these 14 towers has started.
In June 2006, the total lease area allotted to the company increased to 54,819.51 square metres. Under the rules, the floor area ratio was also increased from 1.5 to 2 for new allottees after 2006.
In December 2006, Noida approved the first revised plan for the Emerald Court under NBR 2006, by which two additional floors were added, bringing them all to the ground and 11 floors (G+11). In addition, additional buildings were also approved – Tower 15, Tower 16 and a shopping complex.
In 2012, the Noida Authority reviewed the new plan, which fixed the height of the twin towers at 40 storeys.
In August 2021, the Supreme Court ordered the demolition of the structures because their construction violated the minimum distance requirement. According to the court, the buildings were illegally constructed without the consent of the individual flat owners as required under the UP Apartments Act.
The court also said that Supertech and Noida Authority are indulging in “nefarious collusion”. It then ordered Supertech to demolish the buildings at its own expense under the guidance of the Noida Authority.
In 2014, the court had directed the authority to demolish the buildings within 4 months at its own expense.
This decision of the Supreme Court has come after several petitions by homebuyers.
The buildings were to be demolished in May, which was later postponed until August 21. Recently, the Supreme Court also extended the deadline to August 28, with a band of 7 days, till September 4 due to technical issues and weather conditions.