Vice-captain of the Indian cricket team and batsman, Rohit Sharma reacted to the felling of trees at the Aarey forest with a tweet on Tuesday, October 8. Calling it 'not worth being cut down', Rohit Sharma took to Twitter and expressed his opinion on the Aarey Forest matter. The cricketer also emphasised on how that one part of Mumbai remained slightly greener and that a lot of animals will be affected if the forest is cut down.
Even if there is more to the story, nothing is worth cutting down something so vital. Part of Mumbai being slightly greener & slight difference in the temperature is mainly because of #AareyColony. How can we take that away, not to mention thousands of animals will displace.— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) October 8, 2019
A lot of Bollywood celebrities and social personalities have also expressed their objection in the past about the felling of trees at the Aarey forest in Mumbai. Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar also raised her strong objection towards the cutting of 2,700 trees at the Aarey forest and had also asked the government to look into the matter.
To cut down 2700 trees and invade the natural habitat for so many species would be a tragedy. I firmly oppose this move and I earnestly request the government to look into this matter and save the forest.#SaveAareyForest— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) September 4, 2019
Other Bollywood celebrities including Nimrat Kaur, Sidharth Malhotra, Dia Mirza, and many more have strongly raised their objection on the Maharashtra state government's decision to build a Metro car shed on the Aarey forest land.
The Supreme Court on Monday in a special hearing ordered status quo to be maintained on the cutting of the trees at the Aarey forest land in Mumbai. The bench comprising of Justices Arun Mishra and Justice Ashok Bhushan heard the plea seeking a stay on the cutting of over 2,600 trees in Aarey, Mumbai for construction of a Metro car shed. A letter was written by law students from Noida was converted into public interest litigation (PIL) by the Supreme Court.