Two illegally constructed skyscrapers near New Delhi were demolished and thousands of kilograms of explosives destroyed within 10 seconds.
Suburban apartment complex IndiaThe capital was the country’s tallest structure ever to be demolished in a short period of time.
Thousands of people had to move from their homes before the demolition, and crowds watched the spectacle from nearby rooftops and cheered as the 103-meter (338-foot) tower fell. rice field.
Over 3,700 kg (8,100 lb) of explosives were used in 32- and 29-story buildings, strategically placed to avoid damage to the surrounding area of Noida city.
“By and large, everything is fine,” government administrator Ritu Maheshwari said after the demolition. “It happened as expected.”
Huge dust clouds from the Apex and Seyane towers were sprayed with sprinklers and some buildings were covered with white plastic sheeting to protect them.
The building was not yet occupied.
The order to demolish them came from the Supreme Court after a lengthy legal battle that ended when the court found their construction violated multiple building and fire safety regulations.
The court also said the construction was illegal because the builders did not have compulsory consent from other apartment owners in the area.
Officials plan to use some of the expected 80,000 tons of debris to fill the site, with the rest to be recycled.
A man who lived near the scene had booked a hotel room to keep his twin boys, who were suffering from asthma, away.
“It’s best to stay away from the blast site for 24 hours because the air can become toxic and we don’t know how it will affect your health,” said mechanical engineer Sudeep Roy.