Big B backs Metro, draws greens’ anger
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.”