Aarey Forest: Congress files affidavit in Bombay HC opposing BMC Tree Authority's decision

Earlier, the BMC's Tree Authority gave 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

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After the Tree Authority gave a nod to cut more than 2,700 trees in Aarey to construct a car shed for the Metro 3 project, protest against the same has intensified. Along with the citizens, the opposition parties have also raised their voice against this decision.

Congress has filed an affidavit in Bombay High Court while opposing and questioning the decision made by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Tree Authority to cut more than 2,700 trees in Aarey.

After Congress leaders walked out of the meeting, party’s Mumbai unit President Milind Deora asked the Leader of Opposition (LoP) in BMC, Ravi Raja, to file an affidavit in court. In its affidavit, while opposing the Tree Authority’s decision, Congress has accused the BMC Commissioner of misleading people. 

BMC Standing Committee Chairman and Tree Authority member, Yashwant Jadhav said that he will file a writ petition before Bombay High Court against the decision of felling 2,700 trees in Aarey. Earlier, Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray had also spoken against the decision. 

This decision sparked massive outrage and two members of the BMC’s Tree Authority decided to quit. The two expert members informed that they do not agree with the cutting of trees and remain committed to their earlier stand. 

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Former Union Environment Minister and senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh also came out in support of the Mumbaikars opposing the decision taken by BMC’s tree authority. 

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