Lucknow: A former planning manager of Noida Authority was suspended with immediate effect after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered immediate action against guilty officials in the Supertech Emerald illegal twin tower case.
Seven more former officials of the Authority are on the radar and action could be initiated against them soon.
Mukesh Goel, the then Planning Manager of Noida Authority was suspended last night with immediate effect.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court had ordered the demolition of Supertech’s twin towers at Emerald Court in Noida and prosecution of Noida Authority officials who colluded with the builder.
Officials here on Thursday said that Goel was transferred to GIDA, Gorakhpur as Manager last month. The transfer was made after SC’s critical observation on August 5 last, when it commented that Noida Authority is a corrupt body.
The Noida Authority had recommended action against Goel on the basis of a preliminary inquiry, officials said.
The suspension came after Mr Adityanath’s directed officials on Wednesday morning to take strict action against those involved in allowing anomalies in the construction of the two towers.
Presiding over a high-level meeting in Lucknow, Mr Adityanath had pointed out that the case dated back to 2004. A special inquiry committee should be constituted to probe the irregularities that happened over a period of time, he said. “Each and every official responsible for the irregularities should be brought to book,” the CM said, directing officials to comply with the SC order.
A team of senior officers has been entrusted with the investigation. Departmental proceedings have also been initiated against erring officials.
According to a statement by Noida Authority, plot allotment and sanctioning of maps for the towers happened between 2004 and 2012. The structural maps for the plot were given sanctions in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2012.
An inquiry report being prepared by Noida Authority is expected to be ready within a week and will be sent to the government, for necessary action.
The probe team is scrutinizing the officials responsible for allowing the construction of the twin towers.
It was also investigating that how the height of the buildings increased from 66 meters to 121 meters through purchasable floor area ratio (FAR).
The matter is almost 10 years old. Group housing plot number-GH-04 with a total area of 54815 Square Meters in Sector-93A in Noida. Allotment and map approval was done from time to time in the years 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2012.
A writ petition was filed in the High Court, Allahabad by the Resident Welfare Association of the scheme in 2012, in which the main point was raised by them that contrary to the provisions given in the National Building Code-2005 and Noida Building Regulations-2010, the minimum distance between T-01 and T-17 was not left and consent had not been obtained from the residents.
In April 2014, the High Court, Allahabad ordered the demolition of tower numbers- T-16 and T-17 as well as action against the builder and the then guilty persons of the authority as per rules.
The detailed order came on August 31, 2021 on the special petition filed in the Supreme Court against the order of the High Court.
The Supreme Court ordered to demolish tower no- T-16 and T-17 within three months at the cost of Supertech Ltd under the supervision of CBRI. It also ordered that the money of all the allottees, except those who have been paid earlier, should be returned in two months by Supertech Ltd with the interest of 12 per cent.