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Reduced To Rubble And Dust: Controlled Explosions Raze Noida Towers In Seconds

In the biggest such demolition seen in the country, the floors of the twin towers collapsed onto each other in a stack as thousands watched from vantage points outside the 'exclusion zone' in Noida's sector-93A on the outskirts of New Delhi.

Noida: Demolition of Supertech’s twin towers in Noida, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022. Over 3,700 kg explosives were used to bring down the structures in pursuance of a Supreme Court order that found their construction within the Emerald Court society premises in violation of norms. (PTI Photo/Atul Yadav)(

Noida: Nine years after a residents association went to court over the illegally built Supertech twin towers here, a series of controlled explosions reduced the 100-metre tall structures to a massive pile of rubble. Apex (32 storeys) and Ceyane (29 storeys) were gone in seconds, in a spectacular crash that took 3,700 kilos of explosives bored into the pillars and walls of the structures.

In the biggest such demolition seen in the country, the floors of the twin towers collapsed onto each other in a stack as thousands watched from vantage points outside the ‘exclusion zone’ in Noida’s sector-93A on the outskirts of New Delhi. As the buildings went down, a cloud of dust rose to obscure the very final moments of the structures that the Supreme Court had ordered a year back to be demolished.

Noida: Demolition of Supertech’s twin towers in Noida, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022. (PTI Photo/Atul Yadav)(

About 5,000 people from the adjoining Emerald Court and ATS Village societies had left their homes, hours before the demolition was carried out around 2.30 pm. Nearly 3,000 vehicles and over 150 pets were also taken out of harm’s way for the next several hours. As the dust settled a few minutes later, officials said there were no immediate reports of any damage to the adjoining housing complexes amid which the twin towers sat.

Noida: Birds take flight as pulverized concrete dust covers the neighbourhood after demolition of Supertech’s twin towers in Noida, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022. (PTI Photo/Shahbaz Khan)(

The closest residential complex was just nine metres away. A team from Edifice and South Africa’s Jet Demolitions – the two companies that carried out the challenging task – the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) and the Noida Authority began a structural audit of the adjoining buildings. Water sprinklers and anti-smog guns were activated at the site soon after the demolition to help contain the dust, an official said.

Noida: Pulverised concrete dust covers the neighbourhood after demolition of Supertech’s twin towers in Noida, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022. (PTI Photo/Atul Yadav)(

Officials said the demolition conducted by the “waterfall implosion” technique has left an estimated 35,000 cubic metres or 55,000 tonnes to 80,000 tonnes of debris, including concrete rubble, steel and iron bars that would take three months to be disposed of. The Supreme Court had on August 31, 2021, ordered the demolition, upholding a verdict by the Allahabad High Court. It said Supertech Ltd had violated building norms and pointed at “collusion” with Noida district officials in the Emerald Court project.

Noida: Pulverised concrete dust covers the neighbourhood after demolition of Supertech’s twin towers in Noida, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022. (PTI Photo/Atul Yadav)(

It held that illegal construction has to be dealt with strictly to ensure compliance with the rule of law. “The case has revealed a nefarious complicity of the planning authority in the violation by the developer of the provisions of law,” the top court had observed. The Noida Authority, which had approved the building maps, oversaw the mega demolition exercise.

Noida: Demolition of Supertech’s twin towers in Noida, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022. (PTI Photo/Atul Yadav)(

Now gone, the towers were to have 40 floors with 21 shops and 915 residential apartments with a fascinating view of the city. Edifice Engineering hired South Africa’s Jet Demolitions for its expertise. The CBRI was appointed by the Supreme Court as the technical expert for the demolition project. The top court ordered that Supertech would bear the cost of the demolition, which is estimated to be around Rs 20 crore. In India, high-rise buildings have been demolished only once earlier through controlled explosions.

Noida: Pulverised concrete dust covers the neighbourhood after demolition of Supertech’s twin towers in Noida, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary)(

In Maradu municipality area of Kochi, Kerala, four 18 to 20-storey buildings were razed in 2020 for violating Coastal Regulation Zone norms. Edifice and Jet Demolitions had collaborated for the Maradu demolition too. Jet brought down the 108-metre-tall Bank of Lisbon building in Johannesburg, South Africa, in November 2019.

(With Inputs from PTI)

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