Two illegally built towers were destroyed in a historic demolition drill in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh after a nine-year judicial battle. The incident took place in sector 93A of the city of Noida, in the district of Gautam Budh Nagar, on 28 August. The images showed a huge cloud of dust filling the entire area after these two towers were brought down. It was in fact like a sea of dust that seemed to engulf the adjacent buildings in the area. These adjacent buildings were covered with long pieces of cloth to prevent dust from entering. Within seconds, the massive structure was reduced to nothing but rubble. The demolition was carried out by a company called Edifice Engineering and was carried out with the help of 3,700 explosives that were drilled into 7,000 holes in the pillars of these buildings. Multiple explosions in different sections of these two towers ensured it was razed in a short time. The sound of the explosion was also quite loud, just like it would happen in a movie. The debris generated as a result of this demolition should be around 55,000 tons. It will take about three months to cancel it. Insurance coverage of Rs 100 crore (USD 1.25.04.450,00) was also obtained for damage to any nearby building. Earlier in the day, people gathered at the site and were patiently waiting for the demolition to begin. Known as the Supertech Twin Towers, the building was demolished because it violated the regulations. The Supreme Court of India ordered the demolition of the structure, which is taller than the historic Qutub Minar and one of the largest constructions in the country. The two towers are called Apex (32 floors) and Ceyane (29 floors) and houses about 915 apartments. The residents of the area, who number about 7,000, were forced to evacuate the place. Additionally, traffic on the Greater Noida Expressway was cut off for 15 minutes on both sides of the blast. The cost of this demolition was borne by Supertech and the losses are estimated to be around Rs 1,000 crore (USD 22.214.171.1240,00). Furthermore, the cost of the demolition would be approximately Rs 20 crore (USD 25.00.890,00). According to reports, these towers, built by Supertech, have violated several building codes. Initially designed to have 14 towers of nine floors each, it was modified in 2012 where a new floor was made, according to which there would be 40 floors in two towers. Soon, this became known to the Residents Welfare Association (RWA) which then took the matter to the Allahabad High Court. Two years later, the Allahabad High Court ordered the demolition of this structure and the reimbursement of the apartment owners. Supertech, the builders of this structure, then appealed to the Court of Cassation, which too, after so much back and forth, issued the same verdict in 2021, stating that the Noida Authority and Supertech had engaged in “nefarious complicity”. The scrapping was further delayed due to a Supertech appeal to the apex court to review their decision. But the result did not change as the verdict remained the same. The deadline for demolition has been extended to August 28 due to technical problems.