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   A lot of people seem to be worried about how the municipal corporation will break the eight top floors... (October 10, 1985)

A lot of people seem to be worried about how the municipal corporation will break the eight top floors the 36 storeyed Prathibha Cooperative Housing Society on the hill above Breach Candy. I understand there is nothing to worry about.

A municipal engineer who was surveying the building this morning told me: "It should not be so difficult breaking it down. A few hammers here and there a bit of a crowbar and all eight floors should come tumbling down.

"People have been saying it is much more complicated than that and you need special equipment and technology to demolish only the top eight floors of a 36-floor building with duplex apartments and garden terraces for each floor I said.

"Well special technology is required but the Bombay Municipal Corporation has it" the engineer said "We have got a fully trained staff. You must have seen our demolition people who go about scientifically breaking roads, then digging deep into them to lay pipes etc then leaving the roads as they are we will be using the same staff."

"I sincerely hope they know they know their job. What if some of the terrace gardens fly off and fall on people's heads!" I said.

"No no, that is impossible," the engineer said "Before we start breaking the upper floors we will put a few red lanterns below that will keep people away. Also we will have one man with a red flag and a whistle below to wave people away when the debris is falling. This is standard practice."

"You must be having some special equipment also to undertake such a massive project," I said

"Certainly, we have that the engineer said "Now let me see what we have in our stores department we have stone hammers to break the flooring all the flooring you understand including the bathroom tiles and we have axes to break the doors and wooden window frames, the glasses can be shattered with any blunt or sharp instrument. That's about it."

"Don't you need some things called pneumatic drills and moving platforms and electronic cranes and things like that?" I asked.

"We are not constructing a building. We are breaking it down," the engineer reminded me.

"Yes, that is there, " I said, "could you tell me when you plan to start breaking the eight floors.

"Almost any time now," the engineer said, surveying the building "As soon as we can get hold of enough stone hammers and axes.

 
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