The illegally-constructed, 103-metre-tall 32 storeys Supertech twin towers in Noida’s Sector 93A taller than Delhi’s iconic Qutub Minar, were set off to the ground at 2:30 PM on August 28, 2022, nine years after residents appealed to court alleging violation of norms during its construction.
Around 3,700 kilograms of explosives were used to destroy these towers.
After finding the girth of its construction on the Emerald Court society premises in violation of norms, the Supreme Court directed its demolition by the company at its own expense under the guidance of the Noida Authority.
During the promotional round, the ‘Supertech Emerald Court’ housing society was originally sanctioned, the building plan displayed 14 towers and nine floors. But the proposal was revised later and the builder was allowed to construct 40 floors in each tower. The area where the towers were built was to be made into a garden as per the original strategy.
According to the project engineer, the collapse will last for nine seconds. It will take around 12 minutes to settle the dust, depending on the wind speed.
Around 5,000 residents of the two housing societies near Supertech twin towers were evacuated given the implosion planned at 2.30 PM.
At least 40 stray dogs living in and around the illegally-built towers in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida city were shifted temporarily to shelters run by NGOs ahead of the court-mandated implosion of the buildings.
The founder of House of Stray Animals, Sanjay Mohapatra, planning on the evacuation of the stray animals from the area nearby the twin tower said, “They have requested authorities to carry out a dummy explosion to save the birds in the area from the blast.”
He furthered, “We are planning and working since August 8 to save these stray animals from the impacts of demolition. We also requested the authorities concerned to make two or three false firing or dummy explosions first so that the birds do not get affected due to the blasts,” Mohapatra stated.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time in history that such a building has been demolished. Earlier demolitions have taken place in many parts of the world- the AXA Tower, Singapore; JP Morgan Chase Tower, New York; Singer Building, New York; CPF Building, Singapore; Mina Plaza, Abu Dhabi; Fuji Xerox Towers, Singapore; Morrison Hotel, Chicago; Deutsche Bank Building, New York; UIC Building, Singapore; and One Meridian Plaza in Philadelphia.