Actor Sonakshi Sinha on Tuesday voiced her concern over the proposed felling of over 2,600 trees in the Aarey suburban area to make way for a Metro car shed and said people should unite to save the planet. The Tree Authority of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) recently gave its nod to cut over 2,600 trees for a Metro car shed in the Aarey Colony adjoining suburban Goregaon, which is known as the major green lung of the city.
When asked about the same, Sonakshi told reporters, "I am completely against the cutting of trees, I am all for planting trees, preserving forests and nature. I think we all should join hands, take it up as a challenge and save our planet." The actor joined a list of celebrities who have objected to the felling of trees, including legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, actors Shraddha Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Raveena Tandon, Randeep Hooda, Esha Gupta and comedian Kapil Sharma among others.
Sonakshi said the talk around nature conservation is important. "Just a few days back when there was a fire in the Amazon, we raised our voice but now here we are talking about chopping trees here. Kaveri river has dried up totally and it is because of a lack of trees.
"We cannot take these issues lightly. Global warming is a burning issue, and the youth, I think, has the power to work on measures to better the environment," she added.
Earlier, Shraddha Kapoor spoke to Republic Media Network on the sidelines of the protest and extended a message to fellow citizens. "All of us are here to support mother nature. There is already so much pollution, how can the BMC give permission to chop down more trees? 2700 plus trees are sent to be cut and permission for it is granted. This is ridiculous, this can't happen" Shraddha Kapoor said.
Further urging fellow citizens to join the movement to save Mumbai's lungs- the Aarey Forest, she added, "I am a citizen of Mumbai and so I am a part of this movement. We are trying to make a difference and I would like to urge every Mumbaikar to come forward and save Aarey."
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