The Supreme Court has said that no more trees are to be cut in Mumbai's Aarey Colony till the next hearing on the matter on October 21. The apex court said this while hearing petitions challenging the felling of trees to build a car shed for the Mumbai Metro. The SC also asked to include Environment Ministry as a party.
On Sunday, the Supreme Court set up a special bench to hear petitions challenging the felling of trees in Aarey Colony. It triggered a massive protest over the weekend with activists saying ecological damage to one of the city’s only green lungs.
“Don’t cut anything now,” the apex court said while hearing petitions challenging the felling of trees to build a car shed for the Mumbai Metro. The court has also ordered the immediate release of protestors who got arrested on the furnishing of personal bonds.
The MMRC had begun chopping trees Friday night hours, after the Bombay high court dismissed petitions challenging the felling of 2,464 trees. They are from Aarey Milk Colony to make way for a car shed for Mumbai Metro Line - 3.