Dismantle, not demolish
become stern in tackling illegal constructions. Courts have been ordering demolition instead of the old practice of legalisation on payment of a penalty. Demolition orders for illegal towers built at Campa Cola compound in Mumbai and for the twin 40-storey towers in Noida are cases in point. But instead of demolishing, it would be better to dismantle them to recover building material, say experts. Dismantling can be defined as construction in reverse, but it is a time-consuming process. It facilitates reuse of building materials which is different from recycling which involves reprocessing of waste into new products. The process of dismantling structures is an ancient activity that has been internationally revived by the growing field of sustainable method of building.
An old building being brought down in Greater Kailash, Delhi