Aarey Protest: Harsh Goenka questions if one pothole can be fixed per minute?

2141 trees in Aarey forest were cut between October 4 and 5. Green activist have been protesting against the same since then. Harsh Goenka too has shared his opinion regarding the matter


Mumbai Metro Rail Corp (MMRC) has axed 2141 trees in Aarey forest area in order to make way for the car shed for Metro 3 (Colaba-Bandra-Seepz). There has been a lot of furore in regards to this matter. For now, the special bench of Supreme Court while hearing the case granted a stay on felling of trees on October 7.

The activist opposed this move and questioned why the trees had to be cut in the night time. According to MMRC they have cut 2141 trees in the area and are all set to begin construction.

RPG Group chairman Harsh Goenka had a very interesting take on this matter. In his tweet, he questions “Why the efficiency shown by authorities to cut down trees at night in #Aarey is not shown to fill potholes in our streets?”

Every monsoon, Mumbai faces the issue of potholes and this year was no different. With the monsoon season extending till September, people complained of potholes from every nook and corner of the city and how they were not just causing jams but also hazardous.

BMC’s Twitter handle @mybmc was quick to reply to Harsh Goenka’s tweet, “Sir, we have embraced tech to empower Mumbaikars to be our partners in not just tracking, reporting & getting potholes fixed but also to report dissatisfaction with the work done, through our Pothole Fixit app. All data is available in public domain ensuring transparency.”

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Meanwhile, this tree cutting drive by Metro authorities is being dubbed as one of the fastest tree-cutting sprees. The authority successfully axed a whopping 2,141 of the permitted 2,185 trees within less than 40 hours – which translates to about one full-grown tree per minute!

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