Supertech twin towers: Worry & excitement in house, bubble-wrap for windows

August 22, 2022
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NOIDA: One of the first to shift into Emerald Court over a decade back, Inderjeet Kaur saw the twin towers come up. Floor-by-floor, they cast a shadow on her sunlit windows and closed out her view of the city that was springing up along the Noida Expressway.

All she could only see was the stark concrete of the buildings that rose and rose.

The 48-year-old businesswoman and mother of two is hoping light will return to her third-floor flat in Aspire 1, whose facade almost grazes Apex – one of the two Supertech buildings that will be razed in another two weeks.

“It’s been 11 years that I’ve been living here. I witnessed the construction (of Apex and Ceyane) from the start, and now I will see them go down,” she says, looking out of her window, now wrapped in a meshed, green fabric meant to protect her flat and building as the twin towers are brought down.

“We used to get direct sunlight into the drawing room, and we could see the expressway. But our view got blocked as the buildings came up. My plants, too, no longer got sunlight,” she says.

Kaur had been living in Emerald Court for a year when she lost her husband in a road accident. The twin towers were being built at the time. “With two children to care for, it was a very difficult time in my life. I still managed to pay the Rs 20,000 fees collected by the RWA for legal proceedings against the construction of the towers,” she says.

Like for other residents on the compound, the months of preparation for the demolition haven’t been easy for Kaur.

Blocked and barricaded, she says she has “to go a long way through the basement to go outside the society. Our one way-exit has been closed for the last 3-4 months”. She has also had to lock one of the two balconies in her three-bedroom flat to plug the entry of dust released by all the work to remove walls and doors and windows from the twin towers.

The 48-year-old is also afraid of a rat infestation in her house as well. Since digging began a few months back, residents have caught dozens of rats inside their flats. “That’s a major worry because I had just finished renovating my flat when the Supreme Court gave its demolition order last year,” she says.

Though she trusts that the company in charge of the demolition will do its job well, Kaur is still worried about potential damage from the blast. For that, she’s preparing. She is planning to get the windows in her house bubble-wrapped to soak in vibrations from the implosion, and exploring other measures to protect the glass doors she had installed during the renovation.

A day before the demolition, Kaur will leave the society and shift to Meerut, to her parents’ house. The family plans to return the day after the demolition to assess what needs to be done. “I’ll probably have to hire someone to clean the flat,” she says.

Kaur isn’t aware if the insurance will cover expenses if there is damage. She wants the RWA to be responsible for that, especially since they have “been paying a hefty monthly maintenance”.

While she’s preparing, there’s excitement among others in her family. The demolition is often discussed in the family, she says. “Both my children are excited. They wanted to see the demolition from the expressway, but I told them it’s better to watch it on TV. Even our relatives are excited. They keep asking us for pictures of the twin towers and ask us questions about what’s happening now. It’s as if we’ve become the news,” she says, chuckling.

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