Four luxury flats in Kochi overlooking Kerala's stunning backwaters came crashing down in seconds in a highly controlled demolition process. Over 350 flats in the coastal city - that housed 240 families – were razed to the ground as the Kerala government conducted one of the largest demolition drives in India involving residential complexes. The unprecedented exercise came four months after the Supreme Court ordered the demolition of four residential buildings in a posh lakeside location over violation of coastal regulation norms. Massive arrangements have been made for the demolition process. Hundreds of kilograms of explosives were stacked in the buildings to demolish them in a manner of implosion where the debris fell inwards. A crowd of onlookers who flocked to nearby terraces and roads watched the demolition, after officials conducted aerial surveys.