All You Need to Know About Twin Tower Demolition

Kishan Thakkar K

Demolition of the Twin Towers in Noida can be seen as a small victory against corruption in the construction industry. Also, this is a good example of how speaking out against a system will result in a positive result. 

Real estate malpractices have almost disappeared since RERA and other policies were introduced. While black money is still used in large quantities, it will decrease within a short period of time.

Earlier this month, the entire nation witnessed the demolition of Supertech’s twin towers in Noida. A huge demolition has recently been covered by the media in India.

You will learn why the Twin Towers were demolished in this article, as well as what you need to know as a client.

Twin Tower © Mint

Complaints From Residents

The complaints from residents almost nine years ago sparked the whole thing. Residents of Noida filed a petition in court nine years ago alleging violation of norms regarding supertech twin towers, which were taller than Qutub Minar. 

In their opinion, the encroachment was violating their legitimate right to open space. Residents of the society approached the court for the first time in 2012. Supertech Limited, the builder of the towers, was ordered to be demolished by the Supreme Court of India on August 31, 2014.

It was a small accomplishment for the residents.

Offerings From Builders in Mid-2000s

When RERA was not in place, there were too many instances where builders offered something different from what they delivered. The involvement of government officials is typically required for this to occur. 

One of such groups was Supertech Limited, Noida-based builder Supertech Limited launched a housing project called Emerald Court in the mid-2000s. This housing society is located off the expressway that connects Noida and Greater Noida. It has 3, 4 & 5 BHK flats that are currently available for between Rs 1 crore and Rs 3 crore.

A plan submitted by the builder and approved by the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (Noida) called for 14 nine-story towers to be built in Emerald Court at the time of its inception in June 2005. A change in plan was made by 2012. By this time, Emerald Court had grown to a complex of 15 buildings with an average height of 11 stories and two towers with an average height of 40 stories.

Revisions in Plans

After the first proposal was submitted, there were too many revisions made to the plan. Prior to Supertech’s first modification of its June 2005 building plans for Emerald Court in December 2006, the housing complex was supposed to have a triangular green area as shown in the red circle. (For reference, please see the following image.)

Two other documents relating to the completion of Emerald Court towers also mention this green area – dated April 2008 and September 2009.

The site map of Supertech’s Emerald Court project located in Noida’s Sector 93A. Circled in red are the Twin Towers that are set to be demolished. (Source: Supertech Limited)

In place of green areas promised by the builder, twin towers were erected around the flats. Afterwards, the builder and the citizens of the neighbouring societies engaged in a decade-long struggle. 

In March 2012, building plans were revised for the third time. Ceyane and Apex had their heights extended from 24 to 40 floors, making Emerald Court a project with 15 towers of 11 storeys.

A Legal Battle Starts

Residents knocked on the doors of the Allahabad High Court in December 2012, requesting the court to order the towers’ demolition. In April 2014, the Allahabad High Court ordered the Noida Twin Towers to be demolished. The matter was appealed by Supertech to the Supreme Court of India, as was expected.

A Final Decision of Supreme Court

Taking into account all factors, the ultimate decision of the supreme court was in the favour of justice, as expected.

Due to allegations of fraud, two 100-metre-tall towers that were built illegally in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida were scheduled to be demolished. They were destroyed with 3,700 kg of explosives.

Each floor collided with the one below, causing the Twin Towers to collapse inwards. Debris from the two towers will remain confined within their footprint, preventing debris from spreading outwards.

The news would finally be over without any mention of the cracks in our system that allowed the corruption towers to rise in the first place.

Conclusion

This resulted in actions being taken against 26 people, including government officials, Supertech Limited promoters, and their architects. 

There is a good chance that the UP government will adopt the same zero tolerance policy it has adopted in other instances even though this is a much smaller issue.

In fact, the real challenge lies not in repairing cracks in the walls, but in addressing system flaws!

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