Mumbai Metro proceeds with project after cutting 2,141 trees

After chopping 2,141 trees, Mumbai Metro said on Monday that it will honour the Supreme Court order and will not cut any more trees.

“Following the decision of Hon’able High Court on 4/10/19 upholding the permission of the Tree Authority the felling of 2,185 trees was undertaken on October 4 and 5, 2019 and as on date 2,141 trees have been felled,” Mumbai Metro tweeted.

While approaching for the Maharashtra Government’s lawyer Tushar Mehta said trees that were required for the project were already cut, no more trees would be cut. The Supreme Court asked the that status quo will be maintained till the next date of hearing and put a stop to further felling of trees.

The court also ordered the immediate release of protesters upon furnishing of personal bond.

‘MMRCL has already planted 23,846 trees and additionally distributed 25,000 saplings as part of its green initiatives,” Tushar Mehta said.

The trees were being cleared to make way for a car shed for Mumbai Metro’s phase III. Mumbai Metro said that the felled trees will be cleared form the site and subsequent ‘construction activities will be carried out’.

Source  : Various

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