Maharashtra BJP's Vice President Kirit Somaiya visited Metro Car Shed in Aarey colony on Wednesday days after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray halted the construction work and said that it will commence only after a thorough investigation is conducted on the project and a decision is taken. Questioning the state government, the former MP said that foundation work is complete and the construction work has also started. He added that there is no need to cut a single tree to complete the remaining work so why a stay? He also wrote a letter to the government seeking clarification.
Visited Metro Car Shed Aarey today. foundation work complete, construction work started. Authorities already committed to Court no need to cut a single tree to complete remaining work.Than Why Stay? I wrote to Govt for clarification & stop delay @BJP4Maharashtra @Dev_Fadnavis pic.twitter.com/bMaxdCbGKh— Kirit Somaiya (@KiritSomaiya) December 4, 2019
Earlier on October 7, the Supreme Court put an interim stay on the felling of trees in Mumbai's Aarey to set up Metro car shed, asking the government to maintain status-quo after an appeal by students. "Don't cut anything now," said Supreme Court on Aarey forest for it to examine the matter further. A special bench of justices Arun Mishra and Ashok Bhushan started hearing the plea filed by a delegation of law students on the felling of trees.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) stated that as on date, 2,141 trees have been felled following permission for 2185 trees to be felled. It added that honouring the Court's decision, no more trees will be felled and had stopped construction temporarily. MMRCL has already planted 23,846 trees and additionally distributed 25,000 saplings as part of its green initiatives, stated an MMRCL spokesperson.
Cases registered against green activists who tried to stop the felling of trees in Mumbai's Aarey Colony will be withdrawn, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced on Sunday night. Cases were registered after clashes broke out between the police and green activists opposing axing of trees by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) in Aarey Colony early October for construction of a metro car shed for the Metro-3 line.