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NOIDA: The Supertech twin towers in Noida were demolished on Sunday, a year after the Supreme Court’s order to raze the illegally built structures.
The nearly 100 meter tall structures – taller than Delhi’s iconic Qutub Minar (73 metres) – were brought to the ground in seconds, literally like a house of cards by the “Cascade Implosion” technique. “, in a breathtaking spectacle of modern engineering.
They are the tallest structures to be demolished in India.
Minutes after the demolition, nearby buildings seemed safe. A detailed security audit is expected later.
The Apex (32-story) and Ceyane (29-story) towers had been under construction since 2009 within the Supertech Emerald Court housing company in Noida’s 93A sector, adjoining the national capital of Delhi.
The towers were proposed to have 40 floors with 21 stores and 915 residential apartments with mesmerizing views of the city.
More than 3,700 kg of explosives were used in the implosion which caused the building to collapse.
Prior to the demolition of the towers, approximately 5,000 residents of adjacent Emerald Court and ATS Village left their homes for the day.
Nearly 3,000 vehicles and 150-200 pets, including cats and dogs, were also taken away.
The demolition of the structures leaves behind around 35,000 cubic meters or 55,000 tons to 80,000 tons of debris, which mainly includes concrete rubble, steel and iron bars and would take another three months to properly dispose of.
The Supreme Court had on August 31, 2021 ordered the demolition of the towers for violation of building standards in “collusion with district officials, finding that illegal construction must be dealt with strictly to ensure respect for the rule of law”.
The New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA), also known as Noida Authority, had received a slap on the wrist as the high court pointed to multiple incidents of collusion by its officials with Supertech Ltd in the Emerald Court project and violations standards by major real estate in the construction of the twin towers.
“The case revealed nefarious complicity by the planning authority in the developer’s violation of the provisions of the law,” the Supreme Court observed.
The local authority in Noida, which had approved the construction plans in the first place, oversaw the mega demolition exercise which had been planned for almost a year now.
Mumbai-based Edifice Engineering was commissioned with the job and engaged Jet Demolitions in South Africa for its expertise. The Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) was appointed by the Supreme Court as the technical expert for the project.
The High Court ordered Supertech to bear the cost of the demolition as it noted that the construction of twin towers, which was not part of Emerald Court’s original plan, directly affected the quality of life of its residents.
The only other precedent for the demolition of high-rise structures in India concerns four housing complexes in the Maradu municipality of Kochi, Kerala, in January 2020, in accordance with the orders of the Supreme Court, which had judged the buildings from 18 to 20 floors to be illegal because they had been built in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone standards.
Edifice and Jet Demolitions had also collaborated for the demolition of the Maradu complexes. Jet Demolitions had individually successfully executed the implosion of the 108-metre high Bank of Lisbon building in Johannesburg, South Africa in November 2019.