Following a high court order, the Greater Noida authority on Friday started sealing illegal flats in Supertech’s Czar housing society in Omicron sector.
The Allahabad high court had on April 18 ordered sealing of more than 1,000 flats in the Supertech Czar residential project of Greater Noida as they were allegedly constructed without due approvals.
“We started sealing all illegal flats at 1:30pm in compliance of the Allahabad high court order. We have sealed around 125 housing units, including villas and flats. Our drive will continue till we seal all the flats built without approvals,” said the Greater Noida authority official leading the sealing drive.
A 14-member team consisting of officials from the planning, building and financial departments is conducting the sealing drive.
“We have sealed villas and flats in Nicholas and Socrates towers on the first day of sealing. Our drive will continue on Saturday or Monday, depending on instructions from our top officials,” the official added.
Soon after joining on Thursday, Greater Noida chairman Dr Prabhat Kumar had directed the staff to act as per law without hesitation.
“I made it clear to all the officials concerned to implement the high court order without any delay,” said Kumar, who is also commissioner of Meerut division. Kumar holds additional charge as the chairman of Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities.
A high court bench comprising chief justice DB Bhosale and justice Yashwant Varma had passed the April 18 sealing order when the builder failed to provide details regarding the number of flats wherein third party rights had already been created and those that had already been transferred to respective buyers.
On February 22, 2017, the Greater Noida authority had sealed illegal villas and some flats in this Supertech project following an earlier high court order. However, the court was not satisfied by the authority action and found it halfhearted.
On April 18, the court again ordered sealing of all illegal flats.
“We told the high court that the Greater Noida authority has not sealed all illegal flats, thereby violating the earlier order. We hope the court order will be implemented in totality now,” said Vikas Sharma, the petitioner monitoring the sealing drive.
However, the Supertech group insisted that all flats were built after obtaining approvals.
“We have built all flats as per sanctioned layout map. We will file our reply as sought by the HC on May 2, 2017,” said RK Arora, chairman and managing director, Supertech group.