New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed that status quo be maintained on real estate developer Supertech's two under-construction 40-floor towers, in the Emerald Court project in Noida, which face demolition following an Allahabad High Court order.
On April 11, the Allahabad HC had ordered demolition of the two towers and directed the company to refund money to the home buyers.
Real estate developer Supertech had filed a separate appeal against the high court's verdict.
In its petition, the firm had claimed that the two towers were being constructed as per "approved building plans" and "there is no violation".
The petitioner also claimed the Noida 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 metres from an adjoining building block, making it "unsafe, apart from blocking air and light".
The HC order came on a petition of the Emerald Court Owner Resident 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 Noida authority and home buyers also have petitioned the apex court in which they had submitted that the high court's order to demolish the towers – Apex and Ceyane – be immediately stayed.
The two towers have 857 apartments in total. Of these, about 600 flats have already been sold.