Further 3,700 kg of explosives were used Demolish two giant skyscrapers in nine seconds this Sunday Thirty stories high near New Delhi, its explosion created great anticipation that it would be located a few meters away from many residential buildings in India.
who are popularly known as Noida’s ‘Twin Towers’A northern city near the capital, reached heights 103 and 97 meters respectivelyAnd in 2020, it became the tallest building to be demolished in India after surpassing the 68 meters of a demolished hotel in the south of the country.
The proximity of the skyscrapers with many houses led the security forces Evacuate about 5,000 residents, cover surrounding buildings with tarps and divert road and air traffic for half an hour Before the massive dust cloud that caused the demolition.
Police stationed half a thousand troops on the ground and created a 450-meter exclusion zone to prevent the risk of an estimated demolition. About 55,000 tonnes of waste.
With high levels of pollution expected in the following moments, nearby residents were advised to wear masks at home to protect themselves, as it was calculated that the dust cloud would take at least a quarter of an hour. solution.
The demolition was telecast live on several televisions, and the Indian media followed the latest news of the demolition until the early hours of the morning.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. I am nervous. I have goosebumps since morning. I’m a little nervous but hopeful”, Udkarsh Mehta, one of the engineers in charge, told Delhi Television today before the demolition. NDTV.
Social networks are full of photos and videos of the towers, especially last night when hundreds of users took the opportunity to say goodbye to some skyscrapers that they will never see again.
The demolition of these two skyscrapers marks an end A nine-year long legal battle between residents of nearby buildings and the company responsible for their construction.
According to neighbors, the towers were built where a garden was initially planned, and a court in 2014 ordered the demolition of the twin towers within four months after finding irregularities in the permits.
However, the case had to go to the Supreme Court of India, which ordered its demolition a year ago for violating construction norms.
32 floors of “Apex” and 29 floors of “Cheyenne” in total A thousand apartments were never lived in Throughout the nine-year legal battle, they collapsed in seconds.
Unscrupulous real estate developers, seeking huge profits and undercutting construction costs with impunity, benefit from inadequate standards.
Companies sometimes build additional platforms or towers using substandard materials, while officials are bribed to turn a blind eye. In the worst case scenario for them, these builders end up paying fines, or simply abandon the unfinished work.
In the suburbs of Delhi, Noida and Greater Noida, it is estimated that more than 100 residential towers have been abandoned, littering the landscape and making these areas look like dark ghost towns.
(With information from EFE and AFP)
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