New Delhi: The Supreme Court’s decision to raze two gigantic residential towers in Noida that were once peddled to buyers as India’s answer to the Petronas Towers of Malaysia has opened up a virtual Pandora’s box across the country, with builders scampering for cover.

These builders, who once worked with the Noida Development Authority (NDA)—a body overlooking construction of hundreds of homes in Noida that share a border with Delhi—were once managers with the NDA but now are worth anywhere between Rs 4,000-5,000 crore each.

The bulk of them sold dreams to millions of homebuyers without valid documents, often building homes on land meant for Noida’s green cover, an investigation by the Yogi Adityanath government has revealed.

Details of this investigation, shared by a senior official of the Uttar Pradesh government with this reporter, will form the basis of the probe to be conducted by a Special Investigation…

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