Two flat complexes - Holy Faith and Alfa Serene - at Maradu in Kochi came down by Saturday in a gap of 10 minutes. The flats were brought down on orders from the Supreme Court for violation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms.
The sound of the explosions sent signals to all across the country that any infringement on environmental issues would not be allowed.
After Holy Faith, the 19-storeyed building, the first among the four apartment complexes in Maradu to be demolished, was brought down using emulsion explosives.
Ten minutes after the flat came down as per plan, the twin towers of Alfa Serene was also demolished.
Incidentally, a part of the baby tower of Alfa Serene, fell into the backwaters. However, sources said this was because there were a lot of structures nearby.
It was dust from the debris all over. Fire and Rescue Service units have been inspecting the site to review the demolition impact.
It took only five seconds for the 19-storeyed building Holy Faith to crumble down at 11.17 am as per plan, though delayed by 17 minutes. A portion of the debris landed on the Thevera-Kundannur bridge.
Block B or the baby tower of Alfa Serene was demolished first, followed by Block A, both of which had 16 storeys each.
Everything went perfectly and the dust piled up in the area is under control, according to officials
The remaining two flat complexes - Jain Coral Cove and Golden Kayaloram - will be brought down on Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm