A COMBO shows a controlled implosion demolishing the 100-metre-high “Twin Towers” in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi

A COMBO shows a controlled implosion demolishing the 100-metre-high “Twin Towers” in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi

A COMBO shows a controlled implosion demolishing the 100-metre-high “Twin Towers” in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi

NOIDA: India demolished two high-rise apartment buildings on the outskirts of New Delhi on Sunday in a dramatic spectacle broadcast live on TV channels after days of mounting media excitement.

The demolition of Noida’s 100-meter-tall “twin towers” with similarly structured concrete forests was also a rare example of India cracking down on corrupt developers and officials.

The 32nd floor of ‘Apex’ and the 29th floor of ‘Seyane’, which contained about 1,000 apartments that had never been used in nine years of litigation, were demolished within seconds, riddled with dust and debris. A huge cloud has formed.

The controlled implosion, using 3,700 kilograms (8,160 pounds) of explosives, was India’s largest destruction to date, local media reported.

 

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Thousands of people and stray dogs had to evacuate neighboring skyscrapers before the explosion.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to nearby buildings, but local officials told reporters that the operation went “mostly as planned.” Indian media reported exact details of the explosion, including the number of holes drilled for explosives (9,642) and the amount of debris produced (80,000 tons).

The Times Now TV news channel, like other TV news channels, runs a countdown timer for him, shows little other programming on Sunday mornings, and calls him the “Towers of Shame” “of all the blasts”. called mother.

Police closed a busy highway on Saturday where drivers stopped to take a final selfie with the tower in the background.

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The legal battle over the tower continued until India’s Supreme Court, which ruled last year that the building violated security codes and that its developers colluded with corrupt authorities.

The world’s fastest growing major economy has experienced a construction boom over the past two decades, leading to a cycle of corruption involving politicians, bureaucrats and powerful construction contractors. Developers often circumvent many building, urban planning, and environmental regulations, but they are usually exempt. The suburbs of big cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore have become traps for middle-class buyers who either invest in projects that are never completed or are sucked into similar legal histories.

In the Delhi suburbs of Noida and Greater Noida, towers were demolished on Sunday, but more than 100 apartment complex towers are estimated to have been abandoned by construction workers, turning these areas into ghost towns. There is Uday Bhan Singh Teotia was among a group of residents whose lawsuit against private developer Supertech led to the demolition order, which he said before the event would justify his legal battle. “He two new towers they built shut off everything: our air and sunlight,” said Teotia, who lives near the building.

House demolition is rare in India and builders are often penalized for breaking the law or abandoning projects prematurely. Four of his luxury skyscrapers in southern Kerala were torn down in 2020 for violating environmental regulations.

Jayant Bhushan, an attorney who represented plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Supertech, said builders need to clean up their act to regain homebuyers’ confidence. “If builders don’t follow the rules, disgruntled buyers will suffer more and more,” he said.

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