On Thursday night, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) began the demolition of the fire-damaged commercial complex on Minister’s Road.
At around 10.30 p.m., the process of demolishing the unstable structure accelerated. According to GHMC officials, the special crane roped in for demolition can reach up to eight floors and is equipped with a water sprinkler facility that will allow authorities to control minor fires if they reignite.
The structure will be demolished without much human intervention, and no one from the demolition team will be allowed inside. “We will begin demolition on the fifth floor and work our way down to the lower floors,” said a senior GHMC official.
“Though the structure will be pulled down in approximately five days, the entire process of transportation of debris and cleaning will take over 10 days,” he said.
The demolition of the Deccan Knitwear Sports Accessories building was supposed to begin on Thursday morning, but it was pushed back because the machinery, particularly the long breaker crane, needed to be replaced with heavier-duty equipment. As a result, GHMC officials were forced to cancel a demolition contract awarded to an earlier agency and later award the contract to a new agency for the same price.
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When a minor fire broke out on the ground floor of the building on Thursday afternoon and evening, authorities were forced to call in fire fighters, who quickly brought the situation under control.
“After careful examination of the crane, we took a decision that, better equipment was required and made sure another crane reaches the demolition site on the same day,” said a GHMC official.
Before beginning the demolition, GHMC officials took several precautions, including the removal of high tension electric wires near the demolition site and the installation of high-focus lights to ensure workers have better visibility if they must work at night.
Families living near the commercial complex were also relocated to a rehabilitation centre set up by the Hyderabad Collectorate. Authorities also established a buffer zone and deployed police officers to ensure that no one goes near the building that was engulfed in flames on January 19.
Telangana State Disaster Response and Fire Services, GHMC, Police, and other State government departments kept an eye on the demolition. T Srinivas Yadav, Minister of Animal Husbandry, also inspected the demolition site on Thursday.
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