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Huge plume of smoke as India demolishes illegal apartment blocks

Two illegally-constructed skyscrapers near New Delhi have been demolished, with thousands of kilos of explosives razing them to the ground in less than 10 seconds.

The tallest buildings ever demolished in this country were the blocks of apartments on the outskirts India .

Many thousands of people were forced to leave their homes prior to the demolition. Crowds cheered from nearby rooftops as the towers fell from 103 metres (338ft).

The explosives used to destroy the 29-storey and 32-storey buildings were more than 3,700kg (8.100lbs).


After the demolition Ritu Maheshwari, government administrator, stated that “largely, everything was OK.” It went as planned.

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Water sprinklers were used to dampen the dust clouds from the Ceyane and Apex towers. Some buildings were also covered with plastic sheeting to protect their surfaces.

These buildings were not yet occupied.

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After a long legal battle, the Supreme Court issued an order to demolish them. The court concluded that their construction was in violation of multiple fire and building safety regulations.

Additionally, the court ruled that the building was illegal because it did not have mandatory consent from other apartment owners.

Authorities intend to use some of the estimated 80,000 tons of rubble for filling the site. They also plan to recycle the rest.

A man living near the site booked hotel rooms for his twin boys, one of whom has asthma.

Sudeep Roy, a mechanical engineer, stated that it is best to avoid the blast site for 24hrs because the air can become toxic and we don’t know how it could impact our health.


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