Trees are being illegally cut at Aarey Colony: Activists

An activist from Aarey Conservation group has filed a complaint in BMC against Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) for cutting trees illegally.

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For the construction of Metro 3 (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ), Bombay High Court (HC) had earlier allowed 235 trees to be cut. However, in the recent hearing, taking under consideration public opinion on environmental concerns, the HC revised it to 57. 

However, in spite of this,  Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has allegedly been cutting trees illegally by showing the previous permission letter. This matter came under the light when an activist reported about it.  

Amrita Bhattacharya, an activist from Aarey COnservation Group has filed a complaint in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) against MMRC for cutting the trees illegally by showing an old and invalid permission letter.

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There are further concerns over the depleting resources and green space after 207 trees are ordered to be removed for the construction of Metro 6 which will be connecting 5 stations between Lokhandwala, Jogeshwari, Vikhroli and Kanjurmarg. 

Notably, Aarey Conservation Group along with Muse Foundation had formed a peaceful human chain at NCPA on March 30. This was to draw attention of the people and the concerned authorities that the various environmental groups, animal rights groups, citizen groups and other collectives in and around the city of Mumbai are finding the need to combine forces in order to combat the ever-rising assault on the city’s greens. 

They felt that given the rate at which Mumbai is losing its green cover and ecologically sensitive spaces, our country is in a state of ecological emergency and that everyone must do something about it urgently that too on a scale that will make a difference. Around 2000 people had participated in this to form a human chain. 

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