The Mumbai Metrorail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) recently got approval to cut down around 2,702 trees in order to build a metro 3-car shed in Aarey Colony of Mumbai.
The approval, given by BMC tree authority, was widely criticised by people who today formed a human chain in order to protest the cutting of trees.
Became a link in the human-chain at Aarey to protest against the felling of 2700+ trees.— Durga Bhosle-Shinde (@nowdurga) September 1, 2019
Move the car-shed to an alternate location!
These trees belong to us Mumbaikars, so back off!@AUThackeray ji, I'm sure you'll save the day!#SaveAarey #SHIVSENAwithAAREY #IAmWithAarey pic.twitter.com/p9ERgrAHWg
It was earlier reported that the BMC received as many as 82,0900 complaints against the decision, which was still not enough to change the officials' minds.
With no other option left, the people of Mumbai - including some celebrities - formed a human chain today to stop this from happening.
Human chain to #saveaareyforest— Tanmay V.S🌈🌴 (@tanmay_shinde99) September 1, 2019
Despite of rains & Ganesh utsav preps, Mumbaikars turn up in large numbers & stand in support with trees which are in threat.
Also thank you for @ShraddhaKapoor joining the chain and standing for the cause to Save Aarey.@deespeak @TandonRaveena pic.twitter.com/t70y9kmtkg
The pictures of them braving the rain with umbrellas in their hands are now going viral on the internet, with some calling it the 'longest' human chain.
Citizens started forming 'longest human chain' around the barricaded site for Metro 3 carshed in #Aarey . People are protesting proposed cutting of over 2600 trees in Aarey for carshed.— laxman singh (@Laxmantweetsss) September 1, 2019
Pic: from protestors#SaveAarey #SaveAareyForest @ie_mumbai @ConserveAarey pic.twitter.com/YslnGEucMy
Save Aarey: Hundreds Brave Rain To Form A Human Chain To Protest BMC Order To Chop 2,700 Trees https://t.co/87VcuzOVZA— Arnab Nandy (@arnabnandy2) September 1, 2019
Human chain to protect Aarey Forest.— Sachin Sachin (@sachinsolucky) September 1, 2019
Because of development govt. is axing the forest and more than 2300 trees will be axed.
Aarey forest is a lung of Mumbai.
It's time to raise… https://t.co/p314mvfFf0
@shraddhakapoor along with the Mumbaikars make a Human chain to protest cutting of 2702 Trees in #AareyForest #Aarey #SaveAareyForest #Forest #Mumbai - #shraddhakapoor #shraddhagems pic.twitter.com/tZgPBbo9fD— Yash (@here4shraddha) September 1, 2019
I'm joining the peaceful HUMAN CHAIN @ Aarey Picnic Point & stand fr Mumbai's green lungs tomorrow frm 11 - 1— balioscope (@balioscope) August 31, 2019
Will you? @AUThackeray @ShivSena @ShivsenaComms Act on ur words@CMOMaharashtra @PMOIndia @mybmc @IAmAnushka @ShraddhaKapoor @yashmarwah#ActForAarey #SaveAareyForest pic.twitter.com/lLDeuo2N26