Wednesday, October 5, 2022

India’s biggest demolition: Supertech twin towers razed to ground in seconds

Supertech’s twin towers in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida were finally demolished at 2.30 p.m. on Sunday, ending the nine-year saga. The demolition of the Apex (32 storeys) and Ceyane (29 storeys) towers would leave behind approximately 35,000 cubic metres of debris that would take at least three months to be cleared.
The demolition was ordered by the Supreme Court after the SC found their construction on the Emerald Court society premises in violation of norms. The nearly 100-metre-high structures – taller than Delhi’s iconic Qutub Minar (73 metre) – were brought to the ground in seconds literally like a house of cards by the ‘waterfall implosion’ technique, in a breathtaking spectacle of modern-day engineering.
The controlled implosions using 3,700 kilograms of explosives were India’s biggest demolition to date. Thousands of people, as well as stray dogs, had to be evacuated before the blast, including from neighbouring high-rises, one of which was reportedly just nine metres away. Realty firm Supertech on Sunday said the twin towers were constructed as per the building plan approved by Noida development authorities and no deviations were made..There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to nearby buildings.
Rs 500 crore lost: Realty firm Supertech Ltd has incurred a loss of about Rs 500 crore, including construction and interest costs, because of the demolition of its twin towers in Noida, the company’s chairman RK Arora said on Sunday.
“Our overall loss is around Rs 500 crore, taking into account the amount we have spent on land and construction cost, the charges paid to authorities for various approvals, interest paid to banks over the years and the 12 per cent interest paid back to buyers of these two towers, among other costs,” Arora told PTI.

People look at the debris of the demolished Supertech twin towers in Noida on Sunday. (PTI)