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Supertech’s twin towers flattened, focus shifts to clearing debris

Supertech’s twin towers in Noida, Apex and Ceyane were successfully demolished with minimal damages to surrounding buildings on Sunday at 2.30 pm, bringing an end to a 12-year legal battle between Emerald Court Resident Welfare Association and the developer.

Noida Authority and Edifice Engineering, which was in charge of demolishing the two non-compliant residential towers, declared the process a success and shifted their attention to reducing pollution and clearing the debris. During the implosion, a 10-metre boundary wall of the adjacent complex ATS Village, some windowpanes, and poles in the society were damaged.

“The entire process was smooth except for some damage that has been reported from ATS Village, which is next to the demolished tower. The blast was designed in a way that the demolition waste remains in the compound,” said Uttkarsh Mehta, founding partner at Edifice Engineering. Before the explosions were set off, nearby housing societies were cleared to prevent any damage.

“The residents of the nearby societies, who were asked to vacate, have been told to come back after 7:30 pm as we are clearing the debris that fell in there. No major damage has been reported,” said Ritu Maheshwari, CEO of Noida Authority. The authority has deployed antismog guns to reduce pollution and cleaning staff have started spraying water to clean up the impacted area.

According to Edifice Engineering, there is 30,000 tonnes of demolition waste and it will take three months to clear the site. The company has formed a separate team to clear the waste as per the guidelines and will segregate it for recycling. Legal experts hailed the buyers of Supertech Emerald Court who took the developer to court and fought for justice for 12 years.

“The judgement became a landmark on the powers of an allottee and illegal constructions done by the builders in nexus with government authorities. The awareness which this fight of Supertech Emerald Court buyers has brought to the common public will have its separate place in judicial history…,” said Aditya Parolia, partner at PSP Legal.

RK Arora, chairman of Supertech, said, “We want to assure buyers that we will deliver the projects that are under construction, and we are also in talks for interim funding.” Supertech had invested more than `300 crore for the construction of the two towers, which included various approvals taken by different departments. In addition, it had to pay `20 crore for the demolition.

The project could have generated sales of over`1,000 crore for the builder. Many nearby housing societies had installed TV screens to view the demolition, and some people even watched from the rooftops of nearby buildings. “It was unfortunate to see the twin towers being demolished. The government should take corrective actions in the future instead of responding after such illegal structures are built,” said Ankush Khanna, a resident of Sector 78, Noida, who had come to see the demolition.

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