Noida twin towers set for demolition blast, 5000 residents evacuated

Around 5,000 residents of Emerald Court and ATS Village societies near the Supertech twin towers in Noida were evacuated ahead of the demolition set to take place at 2:30 pm on Sunday.

The residents have been provided temporary shelter at the Parsvnath Prestige Residential Complex in Sector 93.

The Supertech twin towers in Noida, which are taller than the Qutub Minar, will be razed to the ground at 2:30 pm today, nine years after residents went to court alleging violation of norms.

3,700 kilograms of explosives would be used to destroy the towers.

The demolition was ordered by the Supreme Court after the court found their construction on the Emerald Court society premises in violation of norms.

The buildings will be demolished by the company at its own expense under the guidance of the Noida Authority.

When the ‘Supertech Emerald Court’ housing society was originally sanctioned, the building plan showed 14 towers and nine floors. Later, the plan was revised and the builder was allowed to construct 40 floors in each tower. The area where the towers were built was to be made into a garden as per the original plan.

Following this, Residents of Supertech Emerald Court society went to the Allahabad High Court in 2012 stating that the construction was illegal. The petitioners argued that the Supertech group violated norms to sell more flats and enhance their profit margins. Accordingly, in 2014, the court directed the authority to demolish the towers within four months (at its own expense) from the date the order was filed.