The Bombay High Court on Friday dismissed all the petitions urging Aarey colony to be declared as a forest.
This is a huge setback to activists who were protesting against the move to cut down 2000 trees for building a metro car shed.
The court dismissed the petition filed by NGO Vanashakti to declare the colony as a forest, a second petition against the felling of over 2,000 trees to build a metro car shed has also been dismissed.
This means that the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) can proceed with its project by chopping of over 2000 trees, until and unless the activists approach the Supreme Court to challenge the order.
Aarey colony, which is about 1,287 hectares and located adjacent to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
It’s often termed as the “lungs of Mumbai”.
Soon after the BMC, Mumbai’s civic agency approved the felling these trees massive protests were carried out in the city. Several prominent personalities had also taken part in the movement and extended support to the activists protesting against the move.
Source : Various