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Authority may seal towers on Monday; buyers stage protest

Vinod Rajput  Noida, April 13, 2014
First Published: 13:02 IST(13/4/2014) | Last Updated: 13:40 IST(13/4/2014)

The Noida authority on Saturday said that it was likely to seal the two 40-storey towers of Emerald Court on Monday. It said it would later demolish the towers, in compliance with the Allahabad high court’s order.

However, the Supertech Group is all set to file a special leave petition (SLP) before the Supreme Court, challenging the high court’s verdict. According to officials, the authority on Saturday held a meeting and identified the officials - including the chief architect and town planner (CAP) and the CEO - who had sanctioned the layout of the twin towers and allowed construction, flouting the UP Apartment Act 2010.

The layout of the R800-crore Emerald Court was revised four times during 2007-12. IAS officers Balvinder Kumar, vice-chairman of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), SK Dwivedi and Mohinder Singh (retired IAS officer) had served as Noida authoritys CEOs during the period. Rajpal Kaushik, who was the CAP sanctioned the project’s fourth layout on March 2, 2012.

The court has also ordered the prosecution of the builder and authority officials, who formed a nexus and constructed the two towers - Apex and Ceyane. Meanwhile, 627 disgruntled customers, who had booked flats in Emerald Court’s two towers — Apex and Ceyane are likely to file a criminal case in Allahabad high court against the Noida authority’s concerned officials and Supertech Group.

Buyers said that they are consulting with their lawyers to lodge an FIR. Buyers hold protest Meanwhile, about 80-100 flat owners, who are yet to take possession of their flats, staged a protest outside the Supertech office in Sector 57 on Saturday. They plan to protest at project site on Sunday. “I was supposed to get possession by 2012, but what I have got is a sheer shock that now I will not get my dream home.

Why would I suffer without any fault of mine,” said Vikas Behal, 32, Charter accountant. Buyers said that realtor had not told them anything about this pending court case, and kept accepting the installment money. Realtor had built 857 flats in these towers out of which 230 are yet to be sold. All buyers have refused to take their money back because they had booked flats and intended to earn interest.

“Noida authority and our advocate could not put forth our side of the story adequately in HC. We will file SLP in SC and will get justice done. We have committed no wrong because we had started construction only after due approvals from the Noida authority,” said RK Arora CMD of Supertech Group. Meanwhile, Emerald Court’s residents are also all set to lodge another case in consumer. They allege that the realtor has used sub-standard construction material and built an unsafe building putting the lives of 500 families at risk. The families had shifted to Emerald Court project in 2009-10.


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