Two high-rise apartment complexes were brought down through controlled implosion method as authorities began implementing a Supreme Court order to demolish four illegal water-front structures at Maradu municipality, in Kerala's Kochi city on Saturday.
The first illegal water-front complex, a 60-meter high and 19-storey building known as Holy Faith H20, was demolished at 11.18 am. 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 people watched the demolition from outside the evacuation zone.
A total of 343 waterfront flats were built in the complexes, violating the Coastal Regulation Zone norms.
The Apex Court had in September 2019 directed demolition of the apartment complexes within 138 days, a timeline given by the Kerala government.