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Supertech twin towers: Light, elevators to be shut; anxiety palpable as Noida prepares for massive demolition

Supertech twin towers: At least 3,700 kilograms of explosives have been installed to demolish Supertech's twin 40-storey towers in Uttar Pradesh's Noida on August 28.

Vani Mehrotra Edited By: Vani Mehrotra @vani_mehrotra New Delhi Updated on: August 25, 2022 14:01 IST
Noida: Supertech twin towers ahead of their demolition with
Image Source : PTI Noida: Supertech twin towers ahead of their demolition with explosives

Highlights

  • The towers will be brought down to the ground at 2:30 pm
  • Primarily, we have (man & vehicle) to evacuate by 7 am on August 28, RWA vice-president said
  • We are expecting a no man's land by 12 pm, he further said

Supertech twin towers: All arrangements for the demolition of Supertech's twin towers in Noida have been completed. The demolition of the twin 40-storey towers in Supertech's Emerald project in Noida is scheduled for August 28. The towers will be brought down to the ground at 2:30 pm. 

Commenting on the arrangements and further plans, A Sachar, Vice-President of the Residents Welfare Association (RWA), said, "We are obeying all issued advisories. Primarily, we have (man & vehicle) to evacuate by 7 am on August 28; protocols made on behalf of RWA."

"Lights, elevators and water supply to be shut down post-evacuation. All maintenance staff to be evacuated to a safe zone, along with residents in nearby societies. We are expecting a no man's land by 12 pm. Blast to be done at 2:30 pm after which govt agencies will conduct an inspection," the RWA VP added.

Noida CEO Ritu Maheshwari on Thursday said a meeting with the stakeholders was held today.

“All preparations have been made for the blast to be held on this Sunday. Today the final spot visit and meeting with the stakeholders was done. Explosives loaded on both towers," she said.

At least 3,700 kilograms of explosives have been installed to demolish Supertech's twin 40-storey towers in Uttar Pradesh's Noida on August 28.

Explosives, installed on all the floors, will be connected with wires that will be completed in the next two to three days. 

Explosives have already been installed in Ceyane Tower and now the work of explosive installation in Apex has also been completed.

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Image Source : ANIWarning signs put up around the vicinity of the twin towers that will be demolished on August 28

Supertech's illegal twin towers which are taller than Qutub Minar will become India's highest structures ever to be demolished in 9 seconds at 2.30 pm on August 28. Impact cushions have been designed to reduce vibration.

"It will take nine to 10 seconds for all the explosives to blast in a series making a loud noise," said Edifice Engineering partner Utkarsh Mehta.

Noida DCP Traffic Ganesh Shah on Monday visited Supertech twin towers.

"Traffic planning is in the final stages. A few days ago, the road in front of the twin towers was closed. All roads connected to it will be closed on the day of the demolition," he said.

The demolition of the Apex (32 storeys) and Ceyane (29 storeys) would leave behind approximately 35,000 cubic metres of debris that would take at least three months to be cleared.

The Supreme Court has given a go-ahead for demolishing the twin towers with explosives. The exercise was supposed to start on August 21 but the court accepted the Noida Authority's request and extended the date of the demolition to August 28.

Why are Supertech's twin towers being demolished?

The twin towers are set to be razed over grave violations of building norms. 

The Supreme Court had said that it was a result of "nefarious complicity" between the Noida Authority and Supertech and ordered that the company shall carry out the demolition at its own expense under the supervision of the Noida Authority and an expert body like the Central Building Research Institute.

The order had come on a batch of petitions filed by homebuyers for and against the April 11, 2014 verdict of the Allahabad High Court which had ordered razing of the two buildings within four months and the refund of money to apartment buyers.

The Supreme Court has said that the date of demolition may be confirmed as August 28, with a "bandwidth of seven days" between August 29 to September 4, to take into account any marginal delay on account of technical reasons or weather conditions. 

(With inputs from ANI)

Also Read | Noida twin towers demolition: Supertech's illegal structures rigged with 3,700 kgs of explosives

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