Several Bollywood actors, including Farhan Akhtar, Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Richa Chadha, Shraddha Kapoor, Dia Mirza and Swara Bhasker, on Saturday condemned the felling of trees in Aarey Colony, being carried out to make way for a Metro carshed. Hours after the Bombay High Court on Friday dismissed four petitions by NGOs against the felling of over 2,600 trees, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) swung into action and started hacking trees for the project.
Among the celebrities, Twinkle Khanna too raised her concerns towards the tree-felling in Mumbai's 'green lung' area Aarey. The author retweeted a tweet of Karan Johar to which a user named Sahil criticised her lifestyle and said: Hey Twinkle, Karan stop using your SUVs and start using local trains before preaching about the environment... okay?". Responding to this, Mrs. Funnybones gave it back in crisp clear words and said that she was on the streets to plant trees with her group. Take a look -
Hey Sahil,we are all guilty of guzzling resources that the planet can ill afford but I stood on the streets with my group @rastaachaap planted hundreds of saplings,got help from the neighbourhood,nurtured them so they survived&grew into fine trees.Start planting then squeak..ok? https://t.co/42KD6Mggln— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) October 5, 2019
For those unaware, Twinkle's husband Akshay Kumar recently put a video when he took the metro ride. He said: “I think this is the only transportation which is at an elevation. And this remains unaffected how much ever water gets collected due to the rains. It keeps moving ahead."
Meanwhile, in a series of tweets, Mirza said that this "massacre" needs to be stopped. "400 trees have been cut in the dead of the night. As citizens sang and joined hands in unity pleading to STOP this massacre. Can't you see they are UNITED by love!?! Love for nature. Love for our children and our future. #Aarey #ClimateAction #ActNow #ChangeIsComing," she said.
In another tweet, the actor said that there is supposed to be a 15-day waiting period after the permission is granted and notice has been uploaded on the official website. Sharing a video of the felling of trees on Twitter, actor Richa Chadda wrote, "If you're a parent and not seriously angered about this shady tree felling in the night, lemme know how you feel about looking your kids in their eyes."
In another tweet, Chadda expressed heranger saying, "All this for a carshed - which is basically like a parking lot for the Metro. Stealing oxygen from the lungs of citizens. "And it's begun! #AareyForest #AareyColony being destroyed," Swara said. Actor Urmila Matondkar, who had unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha election as a Congress candidate from Mumbai North before quitting the party last month, said what was happening at Aarey was "truly incomprehensible".
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