Committee identifies 26 Noida authority officials in Supertech’s illegal tower case
“Of the four currently serving the authority, one was already suspended. The remaining three has been suspended now and department action has been initiated against them. A direction has been issued to take action against those who have retired from services,” the committee has said.
In addition, the committee has found involvement of four directors of Supertech and two architects and an FIR by the vigilance department has been registered against them.
“Since the committee has named two architect firm in its report, council of architecture has been informed about it to take suitable action,” said a Noida Authority official.
The committee, in its report, has also said that Supertech has encroached about 70,000 sq ft of green belt and Noida Authority is already investigating the matter.
“Noida authority has been asked to remove the encroachment and take action against the officers in 15 days,” the committee has said.
Uttar Pradesh government had formed a four-member committee to investigate the role of Noida authority in the construction of illegal towers at Supertech’s Emerald Court, which the Supreme Court ordered to demolish.
The Supreme Court had pulled up Noida authority.
“The record of this case is replete with instances which highlight the collusion between the officers of NOIDA with the appellant and its management,” SC had said.
The four-member committee was headed by Sanjeev Mittal, senior IAS officer.
SC had said that the sanction given by NOIDA on 26 November 2009 and 2 March 2012 for the construction of T-16 and T-17 is violative of the minimum distance requirement under the National Building Regulations (NBR).
The Supreme Court had directed the Supertech and Noida authority to demolish two residential towers in the realty developer’s Emerald Court project within three months and refund the homebuyers money within two months.
The two towers, Apex and Ceyane of Emerald Court Project of Supertech, together have 915 apartments and 21 shops.
On April 11, 2014, the Allahabad High Court had ordered the demolition of the two buildings within four months and the refund of money to apartment buyers.
The Residents Welfare Association (RWA) of the society had moved Allahabad High Court in 2012 against the illegal construction by the builder.
The two illegal towers violated the distance criteria between two high-rises.
As per the regulation, the spacing between buildings of a height above 18 meters shall be 16 meter.
NBCC, which was appointed by the Supreme Court at the request of the appellant, has stated in its report that the distance requirement has been violated.
To ensure that the demolition is carried out in a safe manner without affecting the existing pleadings, SC has said that NOIDA shall consult its own experts and also specialists from Central Building Research Institute Roorkee.
Total number of flats in the two towers that will be demolished are 915 along with 21 shops.
Supertech had received 633 bookings and 133 of buyers had reinvested in other projects of the developer while developers have already refunded payment of 248 buyers.
The 252 purchasers in T-16 and T-17, who remain committed to the project, will get the refund along with interest.