The residents of Supertech’s Emerald Court in Sector 93 here said they saw a conspiracy between the builder and the Noida Authority as land meant for a playground was converted into two additional towers.
The residents aired this view after the Allahabad High Court on Friday ordered the demolition of the two towers. Stating that the court order validated their allegations, the residents said the High Court had found that the towers were illegally constructed and ordered prosecution of Noida Authority and Supertech officials involved in it.
The Court also ordered that the builder pay back the buyers with 14 per cent interest.
“The towers are illegal as the particular area was earmarked for a children’s park. The FAR was increased without the residents’ approval,” said Emerald Court Owners’ Residents’ Welfare Association chairman Rajpal Tandon.
He added that the structural safety certificate provided by the builder was fictitious. “As per rules, the space in between two towers of more than 10 storeys should be 16 metres, but for the 40-floor towers the space is only 9 metres,” said Mr. Tandon.
The builder had started construction on these two towers four years ago and 26 floors have been constructed on each tower so far.
“We were being given wrong information all along. The builder said it was a separate project and our facilities would be separate, but it is one plot,” he added.
Another resident, Gaurav Seth, said: “The people who have invested in those towers are stuck now. It will take them years to get their money back.” Mr. Seth said the quality of construction in the whole project was so bad that he has decided to sell his flat and move elsewhere. Meanwhile, residents said they expect the builder to approach the Supreme Court to ask for a stay.