Supertech twin tower demolition: SC extends deadline to Aug 28

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended deadline for demolition of Supertech’s twin towers in Noida till August 28. Supertech twin tower demolition agency, Edifice Engineering, told the SC that it would require three months deferment of May 22 demolition deadline as the test blast revealed structure is stronger than anticipated.

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and PS Narasimha passed the order on an application filed by Interim Resolution Professional (IRP) seeking an extension of the timeline. Earlier this month, Supertech has filed an application with the apex court, referring to a letter by Edifice where it had cited safety concerns for seeking three months extension.

In February, the private firm had sought four and a half months for preparing the twin towers for demolitions, but the Noida Authority had refused to entertain their pleas and announced May 22 as the demolition date. Edifice’s request was rejected by the authority this time too, stating that it would amount to breach of the contract. Hence, Edifice wrote to Supertech, which in turn approached the SC on Tuesday.

Mumbai-based Edifice Engineering and its South African partner, Jet Demolitions, have sought the extension on technical grounds. They have said that given the strength of the two towers in Sector 93A, they will have to carry out blasts on two additional floors.

Consequently, the preparations will take more time. The companies, moreover, are also taking into account the monsoon, which will set in during the demolition process. It was after the test blast on April 10 that Edifice had said that the basement of towers were quite strong and suggested the demolition process can be extended.

The basements of the two towers were built to bear the weight of 40-storey buildings — 32 were finally constructed. In early February, the apex court asked the Noida Authority to convene a meeting and start the demolition process by the 20th of that month. At a meeting on February 9, May 22 was fixed as the demolition date and the court was informed about it.

On January 12, the top court pulled up the builder for not complying with its orders to demolish the twin 40-story towers in sector 93 of Noida and warned that its directors will be sent to jail for “playing truant with the court”.

On August 31 last year, the top court had ordered the demolition of Supertech Ltd’s twin 40-storey towers under construction within three months for violation of building norms in “collusion with NOIDA officials”, holding that illegal construction has to be dealt with strictly to ensure compliance with the rule of law.

It had directed that the entire amount of home buyers be refunded with 12 per cent interest from the time of the booking and the RWA of Emerald Court project be paid Rs 2 crore for the harassment caused due to the construction of the twin towers, which would have blocked sunlight and fresh air to the existing residents of the housing project.