Big B backs Metro, draws greens’ anger

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - Vi­jayV.Singh @times­group.com

Mum­bai: A day af­ter Amitabh Bachchan’s tweet on the Metro went vi­ral, earn­ing the ac­tor brick­bats from en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists and or­di­nary cit­i­zens, Save Aarey ac­tivists landed up out­side the ac­tor’s bun­ga­low Jalsa in Juhu and held a demon­stra­tion lam­poon­ing him.

On Tues­day, Bachchan had tweeted: “Friend of mine had a med­i­cal emer­gency, de­cided to take METRO in­stead of his car... came back very im­pressed.. said was faster, con­ve­nient and most ef­fi­cient.. So­lu­tion for Pol­lu­tion... Grow more trees... I did in my gar­den... have you.” It came in the back­drop of BMC’s Tree Au­thor­ity sanc­tion­ing the re­moval of over 2,700 trees at Aarey for the con­struc­tion of the Metro-3 car shed. Iron­i­cally, Bachchan in 2010 had op­posed the Metro, say­ing it would in­vade his pri­vacy.

“The protest wasn’t planned. We wanted to con­vey the message that a gar­den can­not re­place a for­est,” said Juhu res­i­dent Rea­gan Creado. Ac­tivist Zoru Bha­thena told TOI, “Bachchan-ji is pro­mot­ing the Metro. We too are in its favour. But by adding the line about trees and gar­den, he un­der­mined the Aarey is­sue. I re­quest him to visit Aarey to un­der­stand the dif­fer­ence be­tween Aarey’s green cover and his gar­den.”

FAC­ING FLAK

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