MMRC to cut down 2,702 trees in Aarey; Public hearing to be held on October 10

NGO Vanashakti along with other environmental NGOs has opposed the decision to cut down trees for the construction MMRC's Metro-3 car shed.

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Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC)’s Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro-3 project has been surrounded by controversies since its inception. Adding to its list of controversies, MMRC recently stated that they will be chopping 2,702 trees for the construction of the Metro-3 car shed in Aarey and had accordingly approached the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) tree authority who had issued a public announcement on September 26.

As the citizens have been asked for suggestions and objections upon the matter, a public hearing will be held on October 10. However, environmental NGOs including Save Aarey, Save Tree, Vanashakti have opposed the decision and have indicated signs of a protest.

Earlier, Vanashakti had filed a contempt petition in National Green Tribunal (NGT) against Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) on Friday, September 14, for violating NGT’s decision - to stop the metro car shed construction under the Metro-3 project. The NGO has indicated that they will approach the Supreme Court and file a petition about the same now.

Many other petitions have been filed before, in Bombay High Court, regarding land acquisition - under this project - of the Adivasis living in Aarey Colony.

Meanwhile, the NGO had withdrawn the petition from NGT and immediately, MMRC decided to continue the construction work of the car shed. Accordingly, the metro company then asked for permission to cut down 2,702 trees.

Activist Stalin Dayanand stated that Vanashakti will take a firm stand on the issue and during the public hearing on October 10, they will present their side and display their opposition.

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