The Supreme Court on Wednesday appointed state-owned construction company NBCC India to verify compliance of safety norms by real estate firm Supertech Builders in constructing twin towers Apex and Ceyane in its Emerald Court residential project on Noida Expressway.
The bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, directed the public sector undertaking to study the distance between the two towers and prepare a verification report in four weeks.
The real estate firm also informed the bench about its compliance with the earlier order that asked it to deposit R5 crore with the court’s registry by July 25. The court then fixed the next date of hearing for August 9.
The flats are on the outskirts of the Capital and prices range from R65-90 lakh. The twin towers have 857 apartments, out of which 600 have been sold.
The Emerald Court House has 15 other towers, fully built with residents living there. There are around 53 allottees out of around 600, who had sought refund of their amount after the HC order.
The apex court had in July 2014 directed Supertech to refund within a month around R35 crore to the allottees of the two 40-floor towers, which have been held illegal and directed to be demolished by the Allahabad High Court for flouting building laws.
It had also asked Supertech to allot alternate flats within a month to those allottees who did not want a refund and had agreed to accept builders offer to opt for a flat in any other Supertech project.
The high court order had come on a petition of the Emerald Court Owner Residents Welfare Association, which had alleged that the approval and construction of the two towers was “in complete violation of the Uttar Pradesh Apartment (Promotion of Construction, Ownership and Maintenance) Act”.
The association has also claimed the authority had given permission to raise the height of the two towers, which was earlier supposed to have only 24 floors each, “without maintaining the mandatory distance of 16 metre from an adjoining building block,” making it “unsafe, apart from blocking air and light”.