All 4 Maradu flats demolished; operation successful, say officials
The last of the four illegal multi-storey apartment complexes in Maradu town of Kerala’s Kochi was successfully demolished in the final round of controlled implosion on Sunday, officials said.
Golden Kayaloram, the 17-storeyed building with 40 flats, was the last to be razed for flouting Coastal Zone Regulation norms as dust and fume from the rubble settled in the surrounding area.
The Supreme Court had ordered the demolition of these four flats with more than 350 houses in May last year.
In the morning, the 17-storeyed Jain Coral Cove building, the largest among the four with 128 flats, was demolished using 372kg of explosives.
Dramatic visuals showed the flats coming down as packs of cards within seconds, filling the area with debris.
On Saturday, H20 Holy Faith complex, a 19-floor building with 91 apartments, and Alfa Serene with 67 houses on 17 floors were pulled down in one of the largest demolition drives in the country.
Watch: Maradu demolition | Biggest apartment complex among the four razed in seconds
Firemen used water cannons to control dust and fumes that enveloped the whole area of the Maradu complexes after both the buildings came down as thousands gathered to watch the demolition.
Authorities had evacuated hundreds of residents and imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to control the surge in the number of onlookers.
Edifice Engineering and South Africa-based Jet Demolitions are the two companies involved in the razing of these buildings, spread in an area of at least 800,000 square feet.
The Kerala government will inform the Supreme Court on Monday about the demolition of the four flats. Justice Arun Mishra was very keen on demolishing the flats citing the flood of the century, which ravaged the state two years ago and when 400 people died.
Officials have said it will take at least one month to clear the nearly 70,000 tonne of rubble after the demolition.
Some of the local residents will be allowed to return to their houses after the concrete waste is cleared.