15 detained for protesting against tree felling in Aarey
Aarey Police on Saturday detained 15 people, including six women for allegedly protesting against the axing of over 2,700 trees by Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) officials at Aarey Colony in Goregaon (E).
“Permission to cut the trees to clear the way for the Metro-3 car shed is yet to be granted. As per the proposal, the corporation will chop 2700 trees inside Aarey for the project. The entrance to the shed has about 400 trees. The MMRCL has permission from the government to axe these 400 trees. The matter is not clear and the proposal of chopping 2700 trees might get refused if the decision comes against the MMRCL. Then why to chop these 400 trees needlessly,” asks Stalin D from NGO Vanshakti.
According to Stalin, on Saturday MMRCL officials came to Aarey Unit 19 area and began chopping off trees. After the locals objected, the officials informed the police. The police then came to the spot and took the protesters with them.
“Though we detained nine men and six women, we had let them off with a warning. The citizens were not aware of the court orders. They were under the impression that the stay order has been given on cutting of trees, which was not true,” said senior police inspector Vijaylaxmi Hiremath from Aarey Police Station.
Tree felling in Aarey Colony