Aarey Tree Cutting: Video Shows Authorities Starts Chopping Down Trees Hours After Bombay High Court Dismisses Petition, Twitterati Cries Foul
Aarey Tree Cutting. (Photo Credits: Twitter@TOI)

Mumbai, October 4: Hours after the Bombay High Court dismissed the petition of environmentalists saying that the “The greens (environmentalists) have failed,” the authorities started with the cutting of trees. A grainy video showing machines trying to fell the trees was shared on social media site Twitter and there was a sea of reaction on the video. Many netizens pointed out that the BMC's drive was illegal as the environmentalists had 15 days to appeal in a higher court and that the BMC had not uploaded on its website that it would commence with the cutting of trees today, on Friday itself. 'Save Aarey' Setback: Bombay High Court Dismisses All Petitions Challenging BMC Decision Allowing Felling of Over 2,700 Trees For Metro Car Shade.

Earlier, the Bombay High Court refused to declare Aarey Colony a forest and declined to quash the BMC tree authority’s decision allowing felling of over 2,600 trees in the green zone to set up a metro carshed. Amitabh Bachchan Faces Backlash for Supporting Mumbai Metro, People Protest ’Save Aarey outside Megastar's Residence.

First, Check the Video Below

Reactions on the Video

Jibe at BMC

Video by Mumbai Mirror Below

This User Pointed Out That Felling Began Without BMC Putting it Up on its Website

Save Aarey Protestors Reach Spot to Protest 

Prominent Personalities Raising Voice

Questioning the Move

The court also imposed a cost of Rs 50,000 on Shiv Sena corporator Yashwant Jadhav, who opposed the approval given by the BMC tree authority, of which he is a member, for hacking trees in the green belt. A division bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Bharati Dangre dismissed four petitions filed by NGOs and environmental activists on issues related to Aarey Colony in Goregaon, a major green lung of Mumbai.

Many Twitter users are tweeting against BMC's action. Scores of them are also tagging Shiv Sena leader and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray in their tweet as Thackeray had tweeted showing interest in saving the trees. However, people looked disappointed after BMC's action and expressed their displeasure on Twitter. (With PTI Inputs)