Aarey trees cutting: On the request of thousands of Mumbaikars, a special bench of the Supreme Court on Monday is hearing the plea against cutting of thousands of trees at the Aarey colony. The authorities have ordered to cut the trees for the Mumbai metro rail project. To save the trees, hundreds of Mumbaikars have been protesting against the government’s order. The city police had also arrested 29 protesters for obstructing in BMC’s work and manhandling police personnel on duty.

A city court also released them on bail today against a conditional bond of Rs 7,000.  As per the reports, the 2-judge bench, which will hear the petition, will comprise Justices Arun Mishra and Ashok Bhushan following a request from law students to CJI Ranjan Gogoi seeking the Top Court’s intervention in the sensitive matter.

Earlier on Friday, the Bombay High Court had rejected 4 petitions and gave a nod to the cuttings of trees to make space for the Mumbai Metro. Hours later, BMC officials came with the heavy machines and chopped hundreds of trees.

On the other side, backing the development of the city, Mumbai Metro chief Ashwini Bhide said the new metro project will support peoples’ lives and create new opportunities. Reportedly the authorities chopped more than 2,500 trees in the Aarey colony which was criticized by ShivSena leader Aaditya Thackeray. He had said that the act of cutting trees and detaining people who want to conserve the environment was shameful and Mumbai Police participated in it equally with BCM.

Along with the thousands of Mumbaikars, Bollywood actors also criticized the cutting of trees. Actor Farhan Akhtar, Dia Mirza, Richa Chadhdha, Alia Bhatt, Ileana D Cruze, Deepika Padukone, and several others had raised their concern and expressed anger over such a drastic step. Along with the cutting of trees, the actors also criticized the government’s move to take action at night.

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