Aarey Metro Car Shed: Bombay High Court Directs BMC to Address Complaint of Activists Opposing Axing of Trees
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Mumbai, October 12: Responding to the petition by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Preeti Menon and social activist Ruben Mascarenhas, the Bombay High Court (BHC) has directed Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to address complaints of people who are opposing the cutting of trees for the construction of metro car-shed in Aarey milk colony. The bench of Chief Justice G S Kulkarni and Justice Naresh Patil has also directed BMC authority to publish the data of permission granted for cutting trees and the map coordinates of the trees. 297 Trees to be Cut For Mumbai Metro 2B Line Along 44 Km long road

This decision comes after the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) planned to cut around 2,700 trees in 33 hectares of the Aarey plot for making a car shed for Mumbai Metro-3 project. After seeing such a big injury to the Mother nature, around 2000 people showed up to the premised of the Bombay High Court for the hearing, said BMC counsel Narayan Bubna.

Responding to the court's order, Bubna said that BMC and MMRC will hold a public hearing in the coming days to address the peoples concern. The MMRC official has also filed an affidavit in the court claiming that they have not removed any of the trees from the proposed project without the permission of BMC's tree authority.