In pictures: Illegal apartments implode to dust in Kochi's Maradu
While two apartment complexes were demolished on Saturday, the two others that also violated the Coastal Regulation Zone norms will be imploded Sunday.
Kochi on Saturday witnessed demolition of two luxury apartments, as authorities began implementing the Supreme Court order to bring down four water-front structures that were constructed violating environment norms in Maradu municipality.
The high rise apartment complexes were demolished on Saturday using controlled implosion.
The first illegal water-front complex, Holy Faith H20, with 91 apartments and 19 floors was demolished at 11.18 am using 212.4 kg of explosives. The twin towers of Alfa Serene apartment were demolished just minutes later.
Both the structures came crashing down in seconds, in a cloud of dust.
Thousands of curious on-lookers were present outside the demolition zone to watch the implotion, which came at the end of months-long legal battle by the flat owners. The SC passed its final order in May 2019.
Evacuation of people residing around the two illegal apartment complexes was completed hours before the demolition of the structures began this morning.
The prohibitory order declared by the Ernakulam District Collector came into force at 8 am in the evacuation zone of the two residential complexes.
Two other apartment complexes that also violated the Coastal Regulation Zone norms -- Jains Coral Cove and Golden Kayaloram -- will be demolished on Sunday.
In total the complexes house a total of 343 flats. The companies engaged for it have completed the filling of explosives in the structures on Wednesday.