As the date for demolition of the Supertech Twin Towers in Noida approaches, Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) in nearby buildings are working with authorities to talk to residents and come up with a set of guidelines.
Demolition is scheduled for August 21, with a week-long waiting period set to expire on August 28.
Last year, the Supreme Court had ordered the two towers to be demolished for violating the minimum distance between the two buildings. The Supreme Court then extended the date of the demolition earlier this year, setting it for August 21. Mumbai-based Edifice Engineering is supervising the demolition.
“For the past six months, residents have been asked to vacate the buildings on the day of the demolition,” said Poonam, a director from ATS Village, adding that her home is about 35 meters from the demolition site.
“We would like to return to our homes as soon as possible, but as the post-demolition scenario is uncertain, there is a reasonable level of concern. If there is a lot of dust and particles that could be harmful when inhaled, we will wait and see if there is a lot of dust and particles that could be harmful when inhaled,” she added. Safe to return in the evening.
Residents’ welfare associations in nearby settlements spoke to residents and gave them guidelines to follow on the day of the demolition. A resident of the building next door, Emerald Court, said they recommended “leaving the building on the morning of the demolition, securing windows in case dust or other particulates spread, and shutting off the gas pipeline and power lines.”
“This is done in a fairly organized manner. We are grateful to the RWA authorities for planning it well.”
Emerald Court RWA brought in a structural engineer to perform a structural audit of the building, who recommended some repairs to the building. The report has been submitted to the Noida authority.
On July 19, Edifice Engineering submitted a vibration prediction report to the Noida authority, which said the maximum vibration from demolition was expected to be 34 mm per second, while structures in Zone 5 were designed to standards. 300 mm per second, and no structural audit was required. The body said that if the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) recommends a structural audit, Supertech will have to carry it out immediately by a reputable consultant.
On July 29, in a miscellaneous application filed by Supertech Ltd in the Supreme Court, CBRI said it sought relevant information regarding the explosion design, ground vibration, post-demolition debris assessment, blast test, vibration monitoring report, and dust cloud. With the structural audit report for the neighboring buildings.
A meeting is now supposed to take place on August 6 between representatives of CBRI, Edifice Engineering and IRP of Supertech to discuss outstanding issues.
Meanwhile, the residents of the neighboring colonies are very worried.
Among them is Soumya Saini, a resident of Silver City, which is the furthest from the demolition site. “It is still scary to know that (demolition) is happening. It is very risky despite having a plan. Even though there is insurance, if something is damaged, it is damaged forever.”
“We are concerned about the consequences of the demolition that will eventually affect everyone, especially the AQI which increases air pollution,” said Swati Agrawal, a resident of Grand Omaxe, which is more than one kilometer from the demolition site.