Twin Towers demolition Full report

Twin Towers

Recently the tallest building in India was voluntarily demolished. Today we are gonna tell our readers why the famous twin towers were demolished.

Reason of Demolition 

This demolition was done by a case which began in 2009 when four residents raised an alarm against Supertech Limited’s violation of building bye-laws by building the twin towers. The core team of Emerald Court Owner Residents Welfare Association included Uday Bhan Singh Teotia, SK Sharma, Ravi Bajaj, and MK Jain.

Shortly after, in 2010, the builder started digging up more areas, where a shopping complex and garden had been planned. They then found out that the builder was planning two new 40-floor towers in that area – Apex and Ceyanne. The legal expenses amounted to almost Rs 1 crore.

MK Jain, who passed away in 2021 due to COVID, led the team and raised money.

In mid-2012, residents of Emerald Court filed a case before the Allahabad High Court seeking for the demolition of the twin towers. In April 2014, the high court ruled in favor of the residents.The matter reached the Supreme Court of India, which upheld the Allahabad High Court decision on August 31, 2021. The construction of the towers violated India’s National Building Code, 2005.

The Forum For People’s Collective Efforts (FPCE), hailed the decision as a landmark ruling in the history of India’s real estate industry and mentioned that the case should serve as a deterrent against illegal construction. The Supreme Court directed the entire amount of home buyers be refunded with a 12% interest rate. They also awarded the Emerald Court RWA to be paid Rs 2 crores.

History of Twin Towers

The Apex Tower and Ceyane Tower commonly called the Noida Supertech Twin Towers was a project started on 23 November 2004, the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA Authority) allotted to M/s Supertech Limited, a plot of land measuring 48,263 square meter in Sector-93A. The plan for the Emerald Court residential complex in Noida came into being in June 2005.

The original plan, according to plans submitted by the NOIDA Authority in the city, called for Emerald Court to have 14 buildings and included 3, 4 and 5 BHK flats.

It was in 2009, that plans for the twin towers, Apex and Ceyane, were added to the Emerald Court development. They were originally conceived as 24-storey structures to be built on a triangular site originally allotted for a green area.

Supertech modified their plan for a third time in March 2012. By that time the plan for Emerald Court was revised to include 15 buildings instead of 14, the number of floors for each building was increased to eleven from nine. The twin towers’ height was increased from 20 to 40.

Demolition of Towers 

The Supreme Court originally set 21 August 2022 as the deadline for the Supertech Twin Towers‘ demolition. However this was extended by a week to 28 August, and a buffer period was given as a contingency for any marginal delay due to weather conditions. The Noida authority and Roorkee-based Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) tasked Edifice Engineering and South African firm Jet Demolition to demolish the buildings. The buildings were brought down through implosion.

At 2:30 pm on 28 August 2022, the towers were demolished after the explosion in about 10 seconds.This was the first time when a building with more than 30 storey has been demolished in India.

This operation was the biggest operation and demolition ever done in India as this structure was higher than Qutb Minar and in this more than 3,500 kg of explosives were used.

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