After a huge protest erupted in Mumbai for calling the felling of trees illegal, the Supreme court finally stalls the further cutting of the trees. The court has now ordered the Maharashtra government to not cut any more trees in the Aarey area.
SC halts felling of trees
In a major victory for green activists, a special bench of the supreme court on Monday asked the state government to ensure that no trees are further axed at Mumbai’s Arey Colony. The entire youth in the city was protesting against the felling of over 2,600 trees in the Aarey colony for the construction of a Mumbai Metro car shed. The court also said it would further hear all the petitions in the matter on October 21.
During the hearing, Justice Arun Mishra asked whether Arey Colony was the eco-sensitive zone or not. Gopal Sankaranarayanan replied by saying, “Wider issues relating to Aarey being a forest or not has been pending before the Supreme Court in a 2018 summit.”
“As the matter is pending, the authorities should have not gone ahead with the felling of trees,” he added.
It was on Sunday that the court received a letter by the student’s group against the axing of the trees in the Aarey forest. The court then decided to make it a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) and created a special bench to hear the matter.
The entire hearing in SC on #Aarey was nothing but PR exercise by environmentalists.
The needed trees for Metro had already been cut & work will progress now.
— Ishkaran Singh Bhandari (@ishkarnBHANDARI) October 7, 2019
SC judgement on Aarey to stop cutting trees is like making everyone happy since enough trees are already cut
Even protestors know that Metro will reduce pollution & will be good for environment, soon after MH elections this Aarey Protest will vanish like so called #Rafale Scam!
— Pradeep Bhandari(प्रदीप भंडारी) (@pradip103) October 7, 2019
Hearing of Aarey, my Chinese friend said: "India has the potential to be a bigger economy than us, but you won't because your democracy is flawed. In China we don't let NGOs block progress. When we raze a slum, 1% suffer but 99% progress. In India 1% block the growth of 99%."
— Rakesh Krishnan Simha (@ByRakeshSimha) October 7, 2019
Breaking now: no more trees to be cut at Aarey till next SC hearing on October 21 rules SC.. (most trees already cut am afraid!).. I just wish our judges would also take human rights cases up with the same alacrity as they do tree rights!
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) October 7, 2019
I strongly condemn the judgement. Such petitions must be banned and petitioners booked under laws.
Time ripe for President to dissolve entire Supreme Court, implement NJAC and go for fresh appointments.
— RAMAKANT TIWARI (@TattvavitTiwari) October 7, 2019
— Raj Shrivastava (@RajShri80015182) October 7, 2019
Trees have been in existence for 370 million years. It is estimated that there are just over 3 trillion mature trees in the world. No one can justify planting 100 time more plants than cutting thousands of matured tree. #SupremeCourtjudgement #AareyAiKaNa #SaveMaturedTree
— Striving for Secularism (@SecularTOI) October 7, 2019
I raised voice for aarey
but i hate #SupremeCourtjudgement
Most of trees already falled..
No profit to ban it after 4days…
— Gajendra Godara (@_GajendraGodara) October 7, 2019
#SupremeCourtjudgement is welcomed.
— Késriano10 (@kesri_pushkal) October 7, 2019
This is only a stay order. In the interest of general Public, Supreme Court is going to rule in favour of Aarey Metro Project.
Metro is import for Mumbai for improving mass transport system. #SupremeCourtjudgement
— Dinesh Kumar Sinha (@dineshksinha) October 7, 2019
The Supreme Court's order for global problem environmental protection is praiseworthy. Right now, greedy and selfish people will find it difficult to obey this order. Irresponsible people also shouting.
This law should be applied strictly and impartially.#SupremeCourtjudgement
— कृष्ण (@krishansewa) October 7, 2019