Mumbai's trees have got another breather. The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that no trees should be cut down for the Metro-3 project till 18 May, the date of the next hearing of a petition filed by Nina Verma.
The SC had earlier ruled that, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) should not axe any tree in the city for the project. In February, Parveena Jahangir along with Nina Verma filed a petition in the Mumbai High Court against the cutting of the trees for the Metro 3 project. Accordingly, the Supreme Court ruled that cutting of the trees should be stopped and heard arguments of both the sides and finally gave the green signal to the Metro 3 project in the first week of May.
The stay on the axing of trees was also conditionally lifted. At the same time, the petitioners had ten days' time to appeal to the Supreme Court. Accordingly, the petitioners challenged this order and were heard on Monday. The Supreme Court has directed that the trees should not be cut till May 18 till the date of the next hearing.