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Mumbai Aarey tree felling case: "Don’t cut anymore trees," SC directs Maharashtra government


SUKIRTI MISHRA 07/10/2019 10:43 AM
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HIGHLIGHTS:-

--As of now, over 1,800 trees have been axed by the authorities in North Mumbai's Aarey colony


--The police resorted to lathi charge to disperse protesters on Friday and over 30 activists were arrested


--The letter was submitted to the CJI by a law student Rishav Ranjan seeking a stay on the felling of trees


Mumbai. A special panel of Supreme Court has commenced the hearing at 10 am today, seeking stay on axing of around 2600 trees in a portion of land in Mumbai's Aarey Colony, for the construction of a Metro Rail car shed. The Supreme Court took suo motu cognizance of this matter yesterday after the protests escalated. 
The apex court has directed the Maharashtra government not to axe any more trees. It said the tree cutting should be stopped till next environmental bench hearing.

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The SC further asked the petitioners to produce government notification wherein Aarey has been stated a forest area. The Supreme Court has also asked the Maharashtra government to file an affidavit on the status of the saplings planted and said it will also examine if the area is part of eco-sensitive zone or not. 

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Reportedly, a Mumbai Court has granted bail to the 29 people who were arrested for protesting against the felling of trees. The development came after the Supreme Court converted a letter to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi by a law student seeking a stay on the cutting of trees as public interest litigation. Clashes had broken out in Mumbai over axing of trees by Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd in Aarey Colony. Following protests, activists were arrested on charges of allegedly obstructing and assaulting. 

 

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