Almost 2.5 years after an 11-storey under construction building collapsed at Moulivakkam in Chennai killing 61 people, its twin tower was demolished in three seconds on Wednesday evening by implosion technology.
Chennai police had a tough time trying to convince the residents of Rajarajan Nagar and Thangaraj Nagar to vacate their houses, which were near the 11-storey building that was demolished on Wednesday.
The demolition team used the highly scientific technique that an implosion method requires. Workers started packing ammunition in the building’s columns by 8 am.
A posse of police cordoned off the area and residents living about 100 meters near the building were requested to keep off and fire tenders and ambulances stationed in the vicinity.
The residents were housed in a nearby hall till the completion of the building’s demolition. Traffic diversions were made and power supply in the vicinity was switched off during the time of demolition as part of safety measures.
Meanwhile, for those who had booked apartments in the multi-storeyed building complex, Trust Heights, it was a moment of great sadness and despair. They remain clueless about how to recover the money invested in the property. Some of them were even left bankrupt by the incident.