New Delhi, Oct 7: During a special sitting on the issue of trees being felled in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony, the Supreme Court ordered Statua Quo and asked the Maharashtra government to present a report on how many saplings they have planted to replace the trees that have been felled.
The Court said,”Tell us how many saplings you planted. How have they grown? What’s the status of your forests?” The top court’s questions come after Mumbai Metro on Sunday claimed that it had planted 24,000 saplings in to replace the trees that have been felled. The SC also asked the state government to produce a compulsory afforestation report.
Supreme Court’s Forest Bench is set to take up the order on October 21, after asking the Maharashtra government to not cut ay more trees, and maintains status quo.
after a law student sent a letter to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi An official notification said the letter has been registered as a Public Interest Litigation (PIL).
Section 144 has been re-imposed as there have been massive protests against the felling of over 2,600 trees in Aarey colony for the construction of a Mumbai Metro car shed. The SC judges are on vacation from October 7 to 12 for Dussehra.
As the Maharashtra assembly elections are round the corner , BJP and ShivSena are in a fix how to convince the protesters as the government defended the move with CM Devendra Fadnavis promising to replaced the trees that are cut. BJP government at the Centre are supporting the metro move and Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that trees will be cut.
“Where were fake environment lovers, who championed ban on plastic, when the tree felling started?” Supriya Sule also called out the state government for cutting down trees in the dead of the night.
Several celebrities were among those who spoke out against the clearing of the green patch in Aarey. Bollywood actors like Farhan Akhtar, Dia Mirza, Alia Bhatt, Swara Bhasker, Varun Dhawan and many more extended their support to the protesters.