The ‘charging’ of the two Supertech towers in Noida, slated for demolition on August 28, is on track to be completed by August 25, according to the team executing the demolition.
‘Charging’ involves loading explosives into the buildings. Of the two towers, charging of Ceyane, the smaller building standing at a height of around 97 metres, is around 80% complete, said Mayur Mehta, project manager, Edifice Engineering, which is carrying out the demolition in collaboration with Jet Demolition, a South Africa-based company. The charging of Apex, second tower with a height of around 103 metres, is 15% complete, he said.
“As per our schedule, charging is to be completed on or before August 25. We are on track to complete it by then,” Mehta said. Plastic explosives are being placed in the building at the rate of around 250 to 300 kg per day. The towers are to be fitted with a total of around 3,700 kg of explosives on select floors, and around 100 workers are at the site, with the charging lasting from around 7 am to 6.30 pm.
In addition to the charging, covering of the adjacent buildings from top to bottom is underway – four buildings of ATS Greens Village and four buildings of Emerald Court are being covered with geotextile fabric to protect them from dust and debris.
Apart from the charging itself, preparation of the towers – breaking up internal and external walls, drilling holes into the columns for the explosives, and wrapping the columns with geotextile and chain link fencing – was complete by July 25, Mehta said. “We got permission on August 12 (for charging), and we started charging on August 13,” he added. The exact evacuation plan is yet to be given, said Atul Chaturvedi, president of the ATS Greens Village RWA. “Once a meeting is held by Noida Authority to finalise evacuation of residents and timings, that will be shared with residents. Since it is a unique event and we have not seen this earlier, there is some sense of anxiety and we are keeping our fingers crossed that everything goes well,” he said.
Prior to demolition, 736 flats in ATS Greens Village and 650 flats in Emerald Court are to be evacuated, according to the RWAs of the two apartment complexes.
“ATS has four towers within a 50 metre radius of the ones that are to be demolished. I’ve been told the entire ATS complex, of 25 towers and four villas, will have to be vacated. I was also told that vehicles will have to move out. Electricity is likely to be cut during demolition. We have advised residents to cover external units of air conditioners, to protect from dust,” Chaturvedi said.
UBS Teotia, president, RWA, Emerald Court, said they have approached the Noida Authority requesting help with cleaning up the dust that is likely to settle in the surrounding area after demolition. “They have left the evacuation to us, individuals will have to make arrangements,” he said.
Around 50 pillars in the basements of the Emerald Court towers are now being repaired, Teotia said. “Supertech has engaged a contractor to repair. We don’t know if it will be completed by August 25. They are doing it last-minute. Work began on strengthening the pillars about a week back. It should have been done three months back,” he added.
For violation of building norms, the towers are being brought down on a Supreme Court order from last year.