The Supertech Twin Towers, located in Noida, are due to be demolished at 2:30 p.m. on January 28. The demolition was originally scheduled for August 21, then extended until August 28 by the Supreme Court. Here’s why buildings are being razed and who will press the button to trigger the demolition.
Supertech contracted Mumbai-based Edifice Engineering to carry out the demolition of the towers. In January, the SC also approved Edifice Engineering’s proposal, finalized by the Noida Authority.
Mayur Mehta, project manager at Edifice Engineering, told IANS news agency that instead of Joseph Brixman, Indian blaster Chetan Dutta will press the last button for the explosion at 2:30 p.m. on August 28.
What is the problem and why are the twin towers being demolished?
The buildings namely Apex and Ceyane are located in Sector 93-A of Noida and close to the Noida-Greater Noida highway. One tower is 103 meters high, another is about 97 meters. The two towers together have a built-up area of approximately 7.5 lakh square feet.
In August 2021, the SC ordered the structures demolished because their construction violated the minimum distance requirement. They were built illegally without obtaining the consent of individual apartment owners as required by the UP Apartment Act, according to the high court.
Preparations for demolition, which will take less than 15 seconds, have been completed and demolition plans have been finalized earlier.
Over 3,700 kg of explosives will be used for the demolition, which will be undertaken by a controlled implosion technique. It will leave behind no less than 55,000 tonnes of debris to manage. The maximum impact is expected to be felt in Emerald Court and ATS Village, which are close to the demolition site.
At least 100 workers are part of the demolition team and around 10,000 holes have been drilled from the basement to the upper floors of the Supertech twin towers.
Regarding traffic management, the Noida-Greater Noida highway will remain closed to vehicular traffic from 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. on August 28. The metro will also remain closed for half an hour. Firefighters, ambulances, etc., needed for emergency services, must be parked on the road built behind the park in front of the twin towers. A two-kilometer radius of the Supertech Twin Towers will be completely closed on demolition day, and only emergency vehicles will be allowed in the evacuation zone.
Noida DCP Traffic Ganesh Shah said, “We have planned to divert traffic during demolition hours. No vehicle movement will be allowed near the site. A contingency plan has been prepared to deal with any unfortunate situation.
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