Despite the protest, Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation has begun the work of Metro 3 in Aarey unit- 19. Aarey residents and tabela owners have opposed the work, while Vanshakti and other NGOs are pleading to save Aarey. According to which, except Aarey's three-hectare land connected to JVLR, the Green Tribunal has put a stay on Metro 3 work. Despite this, on Thursday, MMRC started soil testing work amidst heavy police bandobast.
On 29 March, MMRC sought permission of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to work in Unit 19 of Aarey. But NGT did not give the permission. Still, MMRC started soil testing work on Thursday. Aarey residents and tabela owners protested against MMRC.
Senior police inspector Vijay Aaulkar said that they were asked to give police security and they did their job. Meanwhile, MMRC spokesperson said that they had the permission and they did not flout any rules.
“Save Tree, Save Aarey and Vanshakti, we all NGOs are planning to file a complaint against MMRC and also we will put up the illegal construction work done by MMRC at High Court
- Zoru Bathena
The next hearing on NGT will be on 10 April which will decide the fate of MMRC, added Bathena.