Ahead of the explosion that will bring down the massive Twin Towers in Noida today, the project head of the engineering firm tasked with the job said he’s been getting “goosebumps” since morning.
“I’d be lying if I said I’m not nervous. I’m nervous. I’ve been getting goosebumps since morning. I’m a little nervous but also confident,” Edifice Engineering’s Utkarsh Mehta told The Singapore Time.
He said that all preparations have been made and that the blast will take place at exactly 2:30 pm.
“We are almost done, everything is done. We are checking the connections. Some tools needed to monitor data are being deployed,” he said.
During the explosion, only six people will be present 100 meters away from the demolition site – one from the police, three foreigners (demolition experts from South Africa) and two blasters, Mr Mehta said.
The Supertech Twin Towers, taller than the Qutub Minar, are equipped with 3,700 kg of explosives in the pillars. The collapse will last nine seconds and it will take another 12 minutes for the dust to settle, an official said earlier.
All roads leading to the Twin Towers have been closed and an explosion zone of 450 meters has been created, said Deputy Police Commissioner (Central) Rajesh S. In addition, seven security cameras have been installed for surveillance and two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) ) teams have been kept on standby, he told The Singapore Time.
Police have set up a mini-control room 450 meters away from the towers, the senior officer said, adding that traffic diversion points were activated at 7 a.m.
The Supreme Court had ordered its demolition last year for violation of building standards.