Dis­man­tle, not de­mol­ish

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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

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