A number of celebrities took to social media to raise their voice against the felling of trees in Aarey forest in Mumbai. The likes of Farhan Akhtar, Alia Bhat, Varun Dhawan, Dia Mirza & many more condemned the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) to chop down the trees in the blue of the night late on Saturday.
Just a few days back, Bombay High Court dismissed all petitions against BMC and cleared the way for the felling of more than 2500 trees in the Aarey forest of Mumbai. HC suggested that the car-shed is important for the third phase of Metro which will ease the burden suburban trains are faces during rush hour.
To carry out the orders, BMC sneaked into Aarey and chopped down 300+ trees. Seeing this, environmentalists and nature lovers went to the scene and saw the chopped trees lying there lifelessly. Police soon closed down the road leading to and fro from Aarey forest in the Goregaon East side of Suburban Mumbai.
Check out the reaction from Bollywood celebrities:
Karan Johar took to social media as well and voiced his concern as well.
The issue of clearing the 'lungs of Mumbai' - Aarey forest - for a Metro car-shed has been a talk of the town. The financial capital of India is going through massive changes. After suffering from a flood-like situation twice, the city of dreams barely got back to normalcy when the Bombay HC gave its verdict and quashed the petitions from NGOs which were fighting against MMRCL's decision.
The HC said that the car-shed is vital for the Metro and further development of infrastructure whose population is growing with each passing day. To counter this, the train network is not enough and they believe, Metro is the answer to it. Many Bollywood like Akshay Kumar supported the car-shed and considered it necessary for development in the city.
Just In - Supreme Court Orders Interim Stay on Axing of Trees
A fourth-year law student, Rishav has submitted a petition in the Supreme Court in order to seek action against BMC for cutting of the trees. Rishav shared that this is not a lost battle instead it is the effort to prevent axing of trees. On this note, SC has set up a special bench against the cutting of trees and the letter is registered as public interest litigation.
Seems to be a victory for all the green activists those were held, the Supreme Court has ordered Maharashtra government not to cut down any more trees till the next hearing. The next hearing will take place on October 21.
SC has also asked the state government to share a report of the total trees cut till now as a part of afforestation move by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL).