Cutting of 2700 Trees in Aarey can lead to Floods at Airport

The report further stated the details that if Aarey is concretised, excess rainwater will run off into Mithi, leading to flooding at the airport

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Earlier this week, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) Tree Authority had given a nod to cut more than 2,700 trees in Aarey to construct a car shed for the Metro 3 project which is being opposed by several Mumbaikars. The Congress filed an affidavit in Bombay High Court and opposed the move. Since then people have been protesting against the decision with a recent 3 km human-chain that was formed to express their discontent. Notably, actor Shraddha Kapoor was also a part of the human chain. 

Also Read: Aarey Forest: Congress Files Affidavit In Bombay HC Opposing BMC Tree Authority's Decision

In the recent reports that were sent to the BMC's Tree Authority, it came to light that the fact that cutting down Aarey will result in flooding at Mumbai Airport was clearly mentioned. The report was a part of the dossier given to all Tree Authority members before last week’s meeting. The report further stated the details that if Aarey is concretised, excess rainwater will run off into Mithi, leading to flooding at the airport.

Notably, the note prepared by Director of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) Dr. Rakesh Kumar and Professor Shyam Asolekar, who is was a part of a dossier handed over to all 19 members of the Tree Authority 48 hours before last Thursday’s meeting that cleared cutting of Aarey trees without any debate.

Also Read: Is BMC Not Taking Climate Change Seriously? Tree Authority Approves Cutting Of 2,702 Trees At Aarey Colony


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