SC says no more trees to be axed in Mumbai’s Aarey till October 21, orders status quo

The Supreme Court on Monday said that that no more trees would be cut in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony until the next hearing on October 21.

The top court asked the state government to submit a status quo on the number of trees felled and the report on saplings planted in the area.

The court was hearing petitions by activists who are protesting against the felling of trees in Aarey colony for the construction of a Mumbai Metro car shed.

The special bench was constituted by Apex Court after law students wrote to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, urging the top court to pay urgent attention in the matter and to suspend the cutting of trees immediately.

In Aarey Colony, authorities planned to axe over 2500 trees to make way for a car shed for an upcoming line of the Mumbai Metro.

As the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) started cutting trees, several activists held protests and tried to stop the action.