Aarey Tree Cutting Row: Twitterati Urge BMC to STOP Felling of Trees While Few Support The Act For Aarey Metro Project!
Mumbai's Aarey forest (Photo Credtis: Wikipedia, ANI Twitter)

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) began cutting trees in Mumbai's Aarey Colony on Friday night after the Bombay High Court's verdict dismissing all petitions against the felling of over 2,500 trees. The incident once triggered protests outside the Metro car depot site in Goregaon East. Some of the protestors were detained by the police. Meanwhile, activists said that more than 200 trees have already been chopped down. The incident once again kickstarted a debate on Twitter about the important of Aarey forest and why trees should not be cut down. However, many are of the opinion that one should look at the bigger picture that shows development and ease of transport. People shared their thought using the hashtags #SaveAarey and #AareyForest on Twitter. Aarey Tree Cutting: Video Shows Authorities Starts Chopping Down Trees Hours After Bombay High Court Dismisses Petition, Twitterati Cries Foul.

Meanwhile, Yuva Sena president Aaditya Thackeray who has been against the felling of the trees, tweeted his protest on Friday accusing the Mumbai Metro of destroying everything India said at the United Nations. His tweet received mixed reaction from Twitterati as people with varying opinions expressed their views. The incident had earlier garnered the support of Bollywood celebrities including Shraddha Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Farhan Akhtar and Swara Bhaskar. However, actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar had supported the Metro project.

Check Out Aadita Thackeray's Tweet Here:

He Further Wrote:

Here's How Twitterati Reacted:

Videos of tree-felling were shared widely on social media platforms.

Many Supported The Metro Project:

Did BMC Act Ahead of Time?

People Want Aarey to Be Protected!

The Lungs Of The City!

#SaveAarey Slogans Continue to Trend on Twitter:

Tweets on why Mumbai needs a new Metro Llne were also shared widely.

Heavy police force was deployed in the area as hundreds of people gathered to stop the Municipal Corporation from cutting down trees late on Friday night. Environmental activists, locals and nature lovers have been opposing the cutting down of trees for the construction of the car shed of the metro station since earlier this year. They have been demanding the relocation of the bus depot for the construction of the car shed which is a part of the Metro III project.