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SC forbids Mumbai Metro from cutting trees in Aarey colony

Matter to be heard on August 30 as counsel for the Maharashtra government sought time to collate documents

Sabrangindia 24 Aug 2022

Save aarey

On August 24, 2022, the Supreme Court directed the Mumbai Metro rail Corporation Ltd. (MMRCL) to strictly abide by its undertaking that no trees would be cut in Mumbai’s Aarey colony and warned that any violation will result in strict action, reported the New Indian Express.

The 3-judge bench comprising Justices UU Lalit, SR Bhat and Sudhanshu Dhulia, reportedly said, “The counsel for MMRCL submits that her clients have already filed an affidavit that no trees have been or would be cut in any manner. The said undertaking by the MMRCL director has already been taken on record and MMRCL shall be strictly bound by the same.”

The Court was informed by Senior Advocate Anitha Shenoy appearing for the petitioner that the clearing and levelling work had begun despite the top court’s order. In 2019, the MMRCL had told the Supreme Court that no trees had been cut in Mumbai’s Aarey colony after October 2019.

The apex court in 2019 had reportedly taken suo motu cognisance of a letter petition addressed to the then Chief Justice of India by a law student seeking a stay on the felling of trees in the Aarey colony. The top court had restrained the authorities from cutting any more trees in the Aarey colony after the solicitor general had submitted on behalf of the state of Maharashtra that no further trees will be cut.

The Bombay High Court in October 2019 refused to declare Aarey Colony a forest and declined to quash the Mumbai municipal corporation's decision to allow the cutting of over 2,600 trees in the green zone to set up a metro car shed.

Related:

Metro car shed to shift from Aarey forest to Kanjurmarg

Bombay HC stays order shifting metro car shed

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SC forbids Mumbai Metro from cutting trees in Aarey colony

Matter to be heard on August 30 as counsel for the Maharashtra government sought time to collate documents

Save aarey

On August 24, 2022, the Supreme Court directed the Mumbai Metro rail Corporation Ltd. (MMRCL) to strictly abide by its undertaking that no trees would be cut in Mumbai’s Aarey colony and warned that any violation will result in strict action, reported the New Indian Express.

The 3-judge bench comprising Justices UU Lalit, SR Bhat and Sudhanshu Dhulia, reportedly said, “The counsel for MMRCL submits that her clients have already filed an affidavit that no trees have been or would be cut in any manner. The said undertaking by the MMRCL director has already been taken on record and MMRCL shall be strictly bound by the same.”

The Court was informed by Senior Advocate Anitha Shenoy appearing for the petitioner that the clearing and levelling work had begun despite the top court’s order. In 2019, the MMRCL had told the Supreme Court that no trees had been cut in Mumbai’s Aarey colony after October 2019.

The apex court in 2019 had reportedly taken suo motu cognisance of a letter petition addressed to the then Chief Justice of India by a law student seeking a stay on the felling of trees in the Aarey colony. The top court had restrained the authorities from cutting any more trees in the Aarey colony after the solicitor general had submitted on behalf of the state of Maharashtra that no further trees will be cut.

The Bombay High Court in October 2019 refused to declare Aarey Colony a forest and declined to quash the Mumbai municipal corporation's decision to allow the cutting of over 2,600 trees in the green zone to set up a metro car shed.

Related:

Metro car shed to shift from Aarey forest to Kanjurmarg

Bombay HC stays order shifting metro car shed

Truth prevails! Maha govt to declare parts of Aarey as reserved forest

 

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