New Delhi: The Supreme Court has said that no more trees are to be cut in Mumbai's Aarey Colony till the next hearing on the matter on October 21. The apex court said this while hearing petitions challenging the felling of trees to build a car shed for the Mumbai Metro. The SC also asked to include Environment Ministry as a party.
“Status quo be maintained till the next date of hearing with respect to cutting of trees,” a special bench of the apex court comprising justice Arun Mishra and justice Ashok Bhushan said while hearing petitions challenging the felling of trees to build a car shed for the Mumbai Metro.
The court also ordered the immediate release of protestors who were arrested on furnishing of personal bonds. The SC asked Maharashtra government to maintain status quo on tree cutting and file a report on the status of saplings it has planted in the Aarey area.
On Sunday, the Supreme Court set up a special bench to hear petitions challenging the felling of trees in Aarey Colony which triggered a massive protest over the weekend with activists saying ecological damage to one of the city’s only green lungs.
Locals and activists claimed that hundreds of trees have already been cut.