On Sunday (28) afternoon, two skyscrapers near India’s capital Delhi were demolished in a carefully planned explosion.
It was the biggest such operation in India so far and generated so much interest that it was telecast live on TV channels.
It took 12 seconds to raze Supertech twin towers in Noida to the ground on Sunday, said Jet Demolitions Managing Director Joe Brinkmann.
Thousands of people who lived in the neighborhood had to evacuate hours before the blast, which was powered by around 3,700kg of explosives.
And the work isn’t over yet – the next step is clearing thousands of tonnes of debris generated by the demolition.
Conservationists said some birds may have even died in the demolition.
While the Noida Supertech twin towers’ demolition largely remained successful, a boundary wall of a nearby residential society suffered damage while windowpanes of several apartments developed cracks.
Realty firm Supertech Ltd has incurred a loss of about ₹500 crore, including construction and interest costs, because of the demolition of its twin towers in Noida, the company’s Chairman R K Arora said.
Doctors have said people living nearby Supertech twin towers, especially those suffering from respiratory diseases, should take extra care and avoid the area for a few days if possible.