Digital Desk ,Mumbai : New Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray ordered a stay on the construction of controversial Aarey Metro Car Shed project on Friday . Uddhav on his first policy decision said “I have ordered to stop the Aarey Metro Car Shed project today. Metro work will not stop but till next decision, not a single leaf of Aarey will be cut ”
The decision to review the project has come as a major relief for green activists, who had taken up largescale protests against the cutting of trees before the assembly elections last month. Over 2,000 trees in the area – celebrated as Mumbai’s lung space – were eventually cut before the Supreme Court ordered a freeze on deforestation activity.
“I read in the papers that they cut trees overnight (in Aarey Colony), and I cannot accept this. I am the first Chief Minister born in Mumbai, and I will do whatever is needed for it,” the Chief Minister said. He, however, clarified that the move should not be seen as anti-development.
The car shed project has plagued by controversy ever since it was announced two years ago. Environmentalists want Aarey Colony – a green belt having more than five lakh trees and accommodating a wide variety of birds and animals – declared as a forest area. The green belt also has 27 tribal villages.
On October 4, the Bombay High Court cancelled four petitions seeking to declare the area as a forest. The tree felling began within hours, sparking protests from environmental activists that ended with Mumbai Police arresting as many as 29 people.
Twitter already trending with hashtag Aarey . Environmentalists cheering the decision . Lets check.
Note : Metro work will not be stopped.
— Shivangi Thakur (@thakur_shivangi) November 29, 2019
Grateful to our Chief Minister @OfficeofUT for staying the work on the Metro Car Shed in #AareyForest
Will eagerly await the declaration of #Aarey as a forest and an end to the Metro Bhawan, zoo and other misadventures once and for all.
Btw has @AshwiniBhide resigned yet? https://t.co/aVRUX0IO4e
— Preeti Sharma Menon (@PreetiSMenon) November 29, 2019
Maharashtra Govt orders to stop metro construction in #AAREY.
Big win for all the #AAREY activists.
— Abhijeet Dipke (@abhijeet_dipke) November 29, 2019
First Big decision by the new Maharashtra Government.
— Mayukh Ranjan Ghosh (@mayukhrghosh) November 29, 2019
No only construction of #Metro3 carshed should be stopped but it must be immediately shifted outside #AareyForest
Besides this the proposed #Zoo for which 200 acre land has been earmarked in #Aarey by #BMC should also be scrapped.#SaveAareyForest
— Sanjay Nirupam (@sanjaynirupam) November 29, 2019
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(News Sources : NDTV and ANI)