- No trees were cut in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony after October 2019: MMRCL
- No trees will be cut even till the next date of hearing: Supreme Court
- The bench fixed August 10 as the next date of hearing in the matter.
Mumbai Metro News: The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) told the Supreme Court on Friday that no trees have been cut in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony since October 2019. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for MMRCL, told a bench headed by Justice U U Lalit that he had made a statement before the Supreme Court in 2019 that no more trees would be cut for the Metro coach shed in Aarey Colony. And no tree has been cut since then. Mehta told the bench, “I had given a statement that no more trees will be cut now and I have filed an affidavit today that after that, no trees were cut.”
“Pruning of branches so that vehicles can pass”
Let us tell you that the Supreme Court was hearing a petition alleging that the authorities have started cutting trees again in Aarey Colony. Mehta said there were some bushes on the ground which have been cleared and some branches have been trimmed so that vehicles can pass through there. He said, “This pruning (of branches) has happened. That’s what I said in the affidavit. No trees are being cut.”
“No trees will be cut even till the next hearing”
Taking the affidavit on record, the bench said till further consideration of the matter, no specific interim direction is required to be passed in view of the stand expressed in the affidavit filed by the corporation. The bench said, “Suffice it to say that as stated by the respondent concerned, no further trees have been felled after the order dated 7th October, 2019, and the trees shall not be felled in any manner till the next date of hearing. ” The bench also fixed August 10 as the next date of hearing in the matter.
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