40-storey dream dashed to ground as Supertech Twin Towers brought down in 9 seconds

The Supertech Twin Towers in Noida were demolished on Sunday, a year after the Supreme Court's direction to raze the illegally built structures to the ground. Over 3,700 kg of explosives were used in the implosion that brought down the building.

NEW DELHI

A project launched in the mid-2000s in Noida to build multiple luxury flats in two towers that were to rise taller than Delhi’s iconic Qutb Minar became a cloud of dust in nine seconds on Sunday, August 28.

The infamous Supertech Twin towers were demolished on Sunday afternoon, bringing to an end a long legal battle between residents and the builder of the two towers.

Supertech’s housing project known as Emerald Court, located off the expressway that connects the twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida, was supposed to have 15 eleven-storied towers and two towers that would rise to 40 floors above the ground.

These two towers were at the centre of a decade-long legal battle between the residents and Supertech. The residents’ grievance was over the fact that the Twin Towers were being constructed at a site where a garden was initially planned.

The two towers never rose to the planned 40 floors. One of the towers, Apex, had 32 floors. The other had 29. While Apex was 103 metres tall, Ceyane stood at 97. Some floors couldn’t be built due to court orders, some were broken down manually during the pre-demolition works.

On August 31, 2021, the fate of the Twin Towers was sealed when the Supreme Court ruled in favour of Emerald Court residents and ordered the demolition of the buildings. The top court also ordered the developer to provide a refund with interest to those who had bought flats in the structure.

Due to technical difficulties, the demolition was delayed by several months and August 28 was set as the date to bring down the illegal towers.

The Twin Towers were then rigged with over 3,500 kg of explosives days ahead of the explosion. Explosives were inserted into nearly 7,000 holes in the pillars of the buildings and 20,000 circuits were set.

Mumbai-based company Edifice Engineering was tasked with demolishing the two towers. After a final check-up of the exclusion zone by police officials, the firm tasked with pulling down the structures pressed the button on Sunday afternoon.

The explosives were triggered and the debris fell like water at 2:30 pm and the much-anticipated event was over in nine seconds.

Nets, cloth, and perimeter curtains provided three layers of safety from dust and debris to the nearby buildings. Trenches were dug around the perimeter to protect nearby buildings from the shockwave of the implosion. A special dust machine has been installed to monitor the dust and pollution levels.

According to Noida CP Alok Kumar, the exercise was executed as per the plan and expert teams are on the spot to carry out an assessment of the blast. Teams of Edifice, Jet Demolitions, Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) and Noida officials have begun structural analysis of adjacent buildings after Supertech demolition.

“Only experts can ascertain the post-demolition situation. We’re going to the site to assess the remnants and left-over explosives if at all they’re left there,” he said.

Noida Expressway has been reopened after the dust settled down and about 7,000 residents, who were moved out this morning from neighbouring societies, will be allowed back in by 6:30 pm. They have been advised to wear masks indoors when they are allowed back into their homes to guard against the dust. Gas and power supply in the adjoining buildings will be restored by around 4 pm.

“Cleaning is being done, gas and electricity supply will be restored in the area while people will be allowed to enter the neighbouring societies after 6.30 pm,” Noida CEO Ritu Maheshwari was quoted as saying by ANI.

“Only experts can ascertain the post-demolition situation. We’re going to the site to assess the remnants and left-over explosives if at all they’re left there,” he said.

Noida Expressway has been reopened after the dust settled down and about 7,000 residents, who were moved out this morning from neighbouring societies, will be allowed back in by 6:30 pm. They have been advised to wear masks indoors when they are allowed back into their homes to guard against the dust. Gas and power supply in the adjoining buildings will be restored by around 4 pm.

“Cleaning is being done, gas and electricity supply will be restored in the area while people will be allowed to enter the neighbouring societies after 6.30 pm,” Noida CEO Ritu Maheshwari was quoted as saying by ANI.

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