Aarey Issue: Maharashtra AAP hails SC's decision; demands Ashwini Bhide's resignation

Supreme Court of India directed the Maharashtra government to not cut more trees in Aarey forest while expressing disappointment over the arrest of 29 protesters

  • Aarey Issue: Maharashtra AAP hails SC's decision; demands Ashwini Bhide's resignation
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Maharashtra Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday welcomed the decision taken by Supreme Court in connection with the ongoing tree felling issue in Aarey forest, Mumbai. 

While hearing a petition, the Supreme Court of India directed the Maharashtra government to not cut more trees in Aarey forest while expressing disappointment over the arrest of 29 protesters who were opposing the tree cutting by Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) for the construction of metro 3 car shed. 

AAP had stated that the 15 day waiting period was applicable on authorities in order to cut the trees - from the date on which the order had been uploaded on the tree authority website. 

Earlier in 2018, after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) tree authority had commenced in Aarey, senior AAP leaders moved to courts. Later, the tree authority was directed to post all its orders on its website. 

The order stated that the provisions of the Tree Act, 1975 narrates that the “mandatory” 15 day waiting period begins from the day of the order is uploaded onto the website. 

AAP National Spokesperson Preeti Menon accused the Devendra Fadnavis government in collusion with BMC and police acted against the popular sentiment to protect Aarey. 

The fact is that the BJP-Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra doesn't believe in the content of the provisions or constitutional propriety,” said Preeti Menon.

AAP National Joint Secretary Ruben Mascarenhas said that Mumbai has never witnessed such “police high-handedness and harassment.”

The government had made up its mind to ensure that all legal remedies to save Aarey would be rendered infructuous, given the exponential pace at which they were hacked,” said Mascarenhas.

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AAP also demanded the resignation of Ashwini Bhide, Managing Director of Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) while demanding access to the Metro 3 car shed area. 

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