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In Pictures: Demolition of Kochi high-rise apartment buildings for violating eco-norms

Updated : 2020-01-13 14:30:29

Authorities in Kerala razed down two high-rise luxury apartments using controlled implosion in one of the largest demolition drives in India involving residential complexes for violating environmental norms.

Water-front residential apartments Alpha Serene, left and centre, and Holy Faith H2O, right, stand before they are scheduled to be razed to the ground by controlled implosion in Kochi. Authorities in Kerala on Saturday razed down two high-rise luxury apartments using controlled implosion in one of the largest demolition drives in India involving residential complexes for violating environmental norms. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)
Water-front residential apartments Alpha Serene, left and centre, and Holy Faith H2O, right, stand before they are scheduled to be razed to the ground by controlled implosion in Kochi. Authorities in Kerala on Saturday razed down two high-rise luxury apartments using controlled implosion in one of the largest demolition drives in India involving residential complexes for violating environmental norms. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)
The first tower of water-front residential apartment Alpha Serene implodes moments before the second tower, on right, is blasted using controlled implosion. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)
The first tower of water-front residential apartment Alpha Serene implodes moments before the second tower, on right, is blasted using controlled implosion. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)
The razing of the illegal apartments built very close to a posh lakeside took place after a court last year ordered their demolition for violating laws that prohibit construction within a certain distance from the sea, rivers, lakes or other water bodies. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)
The razing of the illegal apartments built very close to a posh lakeside took place after a court last year ordered their demolition for violating laws that prohibit construction within a certain distance from the sea, rivers, lakes or other water bodies. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)
Almost 2,000 people in nearby residential areas were evacuated prior to the demolition, which was witnessed by scores of people who recorded the event on their cellphones. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)
Almost 2,000 people in nearby residential areas were evacuated prior to the demolition, which was witnessed by scores of people who recorded the event on their cellphones. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)
The court order last year had come as a shock to more than 300 apartment owners. When all legal options to halt demolition were exhausted, they resorted to protests and hunger strikes. Finally, when the administration snapped the power supply, they were forced to vacate their homes. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)
The court order last year had come as a shock to more than 300 apartment owners. When all legal options to halt demolition were exhausted, they resorted to protests and hunger strikes. Finally, when the administration snapped the power supply, they were forced to vacate their homes. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)
Fire and rescue personnel look at the debris from their boats after water-front residential apartment Alpha Serene was demolished. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)
Fire and rescue personnel look at the debris from their boats after water-front residential apartment Alpha Serene was demolished. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)
Environmental experts have raised concerns that the demolition of the four structures will have a huge impact on Vembanadu Lake, which is an ecologically sensitive area. (AP Photo/Prakash Elamakkara)
Environmental experts have raised concerns that the demolition of the four structures will have a huge impact on Vembanadu Lake, which is an ecologically sensitive area. (AP Photo/Prakash Elamakkara)
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