Mumbai – The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited has decided to plant a whopping 25000 saplings around the proposed 27 stations, societies and open spaces that have been earmarked for the Metro 3 project.
Environmentalists and activists in the city have registered their protest against the MMRC's plan to cut down 5,012 trees across the city to make way for the project. To cover up for the loss, the MMRC has now decided to plant 25,000 saplings in the vicinity of the Metro stations. “Very soon, we will distribute the plants and will see to it that it will not hamper the environment,” said Ashwini Bhide, managing director, MMRCL.
When the MMRC decided to cut trees in the Aarey area, environmental activists as well as local residents protested against the move. On February 9, the Mumbai High Court stayed the felling of trees to facilitate the Metro 3 project that will run across the city from Colaba-Bandra-Seepz. The order has put a spoke in the wheels of the Metro project, but it appears that the MMRC is now trying other ways to get the project back into action.
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