Authorities in a suburb of the Indian capital New Delhi have demolished two residential high-rise buildings after a nine-year-long legal battle, in a dramatic spectacle carried live on television channels after days of exciting media build-up.
The destruction of the 100-metre-high “Twin Towers” in Noida, taller than New Delhi’s iconic Qutub Minar, home to a concrete forest of similar structures, was also a rare example of India getting tough on corrupt developers and officials.
The 32 floors of “Apex” and the 29 of “Ceyane”, containing between them nearly 1,000 apartments that were never inhabited in nine years of legal disputes, were brought down in seconds, creating an immense cloud of dust and debris.
The controlled implosions using 3,700kg (8,160 pounds) of explosives were India’s biggest demolition to date, local media reported.
The buildings were constructed as part of a project by real estate firm Supertech Ltd. It was accused of violating construction regulations.
Thousands of people, as well as stray dogs, had to be evacuated before the blast, including from neighbouring high-rises, one of which was reportedly just 9 metres (30 feet) away.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to nearby buildings.