Construction Can Continue, But No Tree Cutting: Supreme Court On Aarey

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Over 2,000 timber had been reduce from Mumbai’s Aarey Colony earlier this month for a metro automotive shed challenge.

New Delhi: 

The controversial Metro automotive shed challenge in Mumbai’s Aarey colony can proceed, however the freeze on tree reducing will stay, the Supreme Courtroom stated at present. The court docket additionally requested for a White Paper on the problem, searching for particulars on the timber reduce, transplanted and those who survived the transplant.

Greater than 2,000 timber of Aarey Colony – a inexperienced space amid the city sprawl of Goregon — had been chopped between October four and 6, earlier than the freeze was introduced by the highest court docket. The order got here after the Maharashtra authorities stated it had reduce down the timber it wanted to for its plan to clear 33 hectares of Aarey land for the challenge.

The automotive shed challenge triggered large controversy because it was introduced two years in the past. The environmentalists need the inexperienced belt – having greater than 5 lakh timber and residential to all kinds of birds and animals – declared a forest space. The inexperienced belt additionally has 27 tribal villages.

On October four, the Bombay Excessive Courtroom cancelled 4 petitions searching for to declare the realm a forest. The tree felling started inside hours, sparking protests from environmental activists and a stand-off with Mumbai Police that resulted in 29 individuals being arrested.

The matter was taken to the highest court docket by a gaggle of scholars, who wrote to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, asking the court docket to cease the felling urgently. Regardless of the Dusshera holidays, the court docket held an emergency listening to and ordered that no extra timber be reduce until additional orders.

“What is required to be cut has been cut. No further cutting of trees is required,” Solicitor Basic Tushar Mehta instructed the court docket on behalf of the Maharashtra authorities.

The Maharashtra authorities has claimed that over 20,000 timber had been planted to make up for the lack of Aarey’s timber.

In at present’s listening to, the court docket stated there can be no reducing of timber until the subsequent listening to on November 15.

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