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Maharashtra’s New CM Uddhav Thackeray Ordered to Stay the Work of Aarey Metro Car Shed Project

Maharashtra's CM Uddhav Thackeray's oath taking picture (Google)

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.

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(News Sources : NDTV and ANI)

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