(This article is authored by Alar, a freelance content writer)
With the date locked as August 21, India is approaching an event where Twin Towers in Noida as they will be razed to the ground two months from now. The civic body authorities of Noida have said that the Supertech's 40-storey twin towers- Apex and Ceyane will be demolished in August.
The final date has come after the Supreme Court has last month extended the deadline for the demolition of Supertech's twin towers in Noida till August 28. The order to demolition has come on a batch of petitions filed by homebuyers for and against the April 11, 2014 verdict of the Allahabad High Court, which had ordered the demolition of the two buildings within four months and the refund of the money to apartment buyers.
The Supreme Court bench was informed that the twin towers will be demolished by May 22 and the entire debris would be removed from the site by August 22 and the site will be completely cleared by M/S Edifice. The apex court has on February 7 directed the Chief Executive of Noida to initiate necessary steps and to begin the operation of demolishing the twin towers within two weeks.
Earlier, the top court has dismissed the plea of Supertech seeking modification of its August 31, 2021 order by which it was directed to demolish two of its towers at its Emerald Court housing project. The towers will be demolished over the violations of building norms and the Supreme Court has said that it was a result of nefarious complicity between Noida Authority and the Supertech and ordered that the company shall carry out the demolition at its own expense.
The company was further directed to demolish the towers within three months under the supervision of the Noida Authority and an expert body like the Central Building Research Institute. Now, it has been reported that Edifice Engineering will be demolishing the structure and on Tuesday, the Noida Authority held a meeting with all the stakeholders to finalize the process of demolition.
The meeting was attended by Noida CEO Ritu Maheswari and it was finally decided that the twin towers would be razed to the ground by August 21. In a statement, the Noida Authority said, "In a bid to ensure the compliance of the orders of the apex court, the twin towers will be demolished on August 21, 2022, to have a buffer of one week."
It has further said, "There will be a pre-demolition structural audit of the identified areas and a report will be made available to CBRI (Central Building Research Institute) by June 30 by Edifice Engineering. The company will also submit a plan to the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board on how it will dispose of the construction and demolition waste."
The gigantic towers house 915 apartments and 21 shops. It has been estimated that the demolition drive would cost around Rs 18 crores. Edifice Engineering which is demolishing the construction has done Rs 100 crore insurance to cover any damage caused by the demolition.