From the past two-three days, the Aarey forest is in news, being cut for the Mumbai Metro. Many of the environmental and political activists and common people protested against cutting of the trees. The matter has reached to Supreme Court and on Monday a special bench of Supreme Court asked Maharashtra Government to ensure that no trees are further axed at Mumbai’s Aarey colony.
The Apex court has passed the directive after hearing a Suo motu PIL based on a letter written by a group of law students against the felling of the trees.
Tushar Mehta (Solicitor General) told that the arrested people were released who were protesting against the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd for felling of the trees and those who are not released yet, will be released immediately. Mehta assured the bench that no trees will be further axed in Aarey colony.
Sanjay Hegde (Senior advocate) who represented the law group asked Ranjan Gogoi (Chief Justice of India) to set up a special branch for this matter. On Sunday the court received the letter by students regarding the axing of the trees and decided to consider it as Public Interest Litigation (PIL) and constituted a special branch to hear the matter.
The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation had started cutting the trees on Friday night after the Bombay High Court rejected the number of petitions filed by environmentalists, NGOs against the tree axing.