Updated: September 2, 2021 4:54:39 am
A day after the Supreme Court ordered the demolition of two 40-storey towers of Supertech Ltd Group in Noida for flouting buildings and fire safety regulations, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said that strict action would be taken against those officials who gave clearance for the construction of the buildings.
The CM has directed officials of the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA) to submit a report, based on which further action would be taken. “In the case of Noida’s Supertech Emerald Court case, the orders of the Supreme Court should be ensured in letter and spirit. Irregularities in this case have been going on continuously since 2004. Strictest action will be taken against each and every guilty officer. If necessary, criminal cases should also be registered. Immediate action should be taken in this regard,” the chief minister said in a meeting with senior officials on Wednesday, according to a government official.
Additional Chief Secretary (Information) Navneet Sehgal said that a report has been sought from NOIDA officials at the earliest. “After the report with details of all those officials involved is received, further action will be taken. Criminal proceedings will also be started based on the report and a committee will be formed to probe the whole issue,” said Sehgal.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court directed the demolition of the two towers of Supertech Ltd Group in Noida, comprising about 850 flats, finding that they flouted regulations regarding distance to be maintained between buildings and of fire safety.
The court also held that the towers were constructed “through acts of collusion” between officials of NOIDA and the group, and gave the go-ahead for prosecuting them.
The Bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah said “this case is replete with instances which highlight the collusion between the officers of NOIDA with the appellant and its management”, and “has revealed a nefarious complicity of the planning authority in the violation by the developer of the provisions of law”. The court found that they colluded “to avoid complying with the provisions of the applicable statutes and regulations for monetary gain, at the cost of the rights of the flat purchasers”.
An official said the plot where the towers are situated is 54,815 square metres in size and the clearance for the map were given in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2012.
Upholding a ruling by the Allahabad High Court, the Supreme Court directed the two towers, Apex and Ceyane, in Supertech’s Emerald Court project, to be demolished within three months, with the expenses to be borne by the developer. Supertech will also refund all those who had purchased flats in the towers within two months at an annual interest rate of 12%, the Supreme Court said.
Besides this, Supertech has been ordered to pay Rs 2 crore to the Residents’Welfare Association of 15 other towers constructed as part of the original plan, which was then revised multiple times and the twin towers squeezed in.