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Noida Twin Towers Demolished

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Nine years after a residents association went to court over the illegally built Supertech twin towers, a series of controlled explosions reduced the 100-metre tall structures to a huge pile of rubble – watched by thousands from surrounding rooftops and lakhs on live television.

Apex (32 storeys) and Ceyane (29 storeys) were gone in 12 seconds on Sunday, in the carefully choreographed and meticulously executed demolition, the biggest such exercise in the country so far.

The Supreme Court ordered the demolition a year back, saying there had been collusion between the builders and Noida Authority officials who let Supertech Ltd construct in the area where no buildings were to come up according to the original plans.

Now gone, the towers built under Supertech’s Emerald Court project were to have 40 floors each with 21 shops and 915 residential apartments altogether — and a fascinating view of the city. Their current market value would have been around Rs 700 crore, it is estimated.

Edifice Engineering and South Africa’s Jet Demolitions got the demolition assignment. The CBRI was appointed by the Supreme Court as the technical expert.

(with PTI inputs)

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