Save Aarey: Aaditya Thackeray Seeks Expert's Opinion On Aarey Forest Issue

The Mou was presented by FEJI Joint Secretary Atul Deulgaonkar to Tourism and Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray which stated that he will pay urgent attention to the environmental crisis of the state.

Save Aarey: Aaditya Thackeray Seeks Expert's Opinion On Aarey Forest Issue

Tourism and Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray has sought guidance from experts in identifying sites for shifting the Metro 3 (Colaba-Bandra-Seepz) car shed from Aarey. In a bid to discuss this matter further and take concrete actions, the Forum of Environmental Journalists in India (FEJI) which is a countrywide network of journalists, recently held a seminar in collaboration with the Mumbai Press Club wherein they presented a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to Aaditya Thackeray. The seminar was held on the topic of environmental and climate change issues in Mumbai.  

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The Mou was presented by FEJI Joint Secretary Atul Deulgaonkar to Aaditya Thackeray which had highlighted the following points: 

  • Take immediate steps to protect Aarey
  • Pay special attention to adding more buses
  • Introduce bus-lanes and cease massive projects on private vehicular transport
  • Take action to address the current crisis of water, air and environmental degradation in the State.

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Talking about the same, Aaditya Thackeray said, 

"Within a year, I'm planning to give impetus to e-buses which will ply not only in the city but also across the state. We also intend to plant 4 lakh trees in Mumbai". Further talking about climate change he said, “I will soon hold a conference on climate change issues which will involve all departments. Every department should be concerned about climate change and arrange their agenda's accordingly.”

Notably, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has allocated ₹65 crores to plant nearly 4 lakh trees in order to compensate for the felling of a large number of trees in the past. The Mumbai’s civic body had given nod to the felling of 25,000 trees over the last five years. The BMC will plant four lakh trees using the Japanese Miyawaki technique. At a recent Harvard US India Initiative (HUII), Aaditya Thackeray had discussed about the drastic effects of climate change. 

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