Mumbai's Aarey colony has been in the news since the Bombay High Court dismissed four pleas contesting the decision of the Brihanmumbai Municipal corporation (BMC) to cut over 2,600 trees in the said colony to build a metro.
Protests broke out since yesterday and continued this morning as the authorities began cutting the trees. But people were even removed from the spot by police.
Mumbai: People gathered in protest at #AareyForest against the felling of trees there,earlier tonight. They were later removed from spot by police. Bombay HC has dismissed all petitions against BMC decision which allowed felling of more than 2700 trees there, for metro car shed. pic.twitter.com/6uoAeW4Cdw— ANI (@ANI) October 4, 2019
Several people took to their social media opposing this move.
India, remember tonight, 2.45 AM. When 300 trees were cut illegally, despite people's protest.— Shruti Chaturvedi (@adhicutting) October 4, 2019
Remember that your heroes Akshay Kumar, Shankar Mahadevan and Amitabh Bachhan participated in campaigns to let this happen.
Remember this when you run out of breath. #AareyForest
Lathi Charge done for the first time at the peaceful protests for Aarey. People have been detained inside, gates have been closed and the authorities are abusing the protestors. Women have been pushed and detained by the police at this hour, which is lawfully wrong. #SaveAarey— Jignesh Mevani (@jigneshmevani80) October 4, 2019
Remember when Modi said that he cares abt animal conservation, forests & environmental change on the Bear Grylls's show and Bhakts & Media went wild?— Advaid (@Advaidism) October 5, 2019
Well right now in Mumbai, the #AareyForest are slowly getting destroyed by the BJP ruled Govt.
The forest loving PM is silent. pic.twitter.com/qYaA2LWBj0
Committee set up by the MMRCL is wrong, committee set up by the State Government is wrong, the Tree Authority is wrong, the National Green Tribunal is wrong, the High Court and Supreme Court of India are wrong, only a few activists know what is best for Mumbai. #SaveAarey— Hardik Rajgor (@Hardism) October 4, 2019
Brute force used by @MumbaiPolice on common citizens which included young & old at Aarey yesterday.What was their crime?Trying to stop illegal activity of axing trees done by MMRCL at night for @MumbaiMetro3 You see the irony here #DevendraFadnavismustgo #SaveAarey #SaveOurPlanet pic.twitter.com/oxzeuCFkeJ— Nitie Gilatar (@Nitiej) October 5, 2019
Mumbai accounts for 25% industrial output, 5% of India's GDP and also 70% of the capital transactions in Indian economy.— Pritesh Shah (@priteshshah_) October 4, 2019
In return What does mumbaikar gets..Cutting of trees,destroying Nature,Not to breathe fresh Air#Aarey #SaveAarey #AareyForest pic.twitter.com/wMnyrw6kNh
FUCK YOU @mybmc HOW CAN YOU CUT THE TREES AT AAREY. That too now?! #SaveAarey— Divya Kandukuri (@anticastecat) October 4, 2019
You don’t even have the permission to cut trees yet! We don’t see any document on BMC website! You’re killing the Tribal communities, the very warli art and culture that you take pride in!
On Bear Grylls's show Modi was doing propaganda that he cares abt animal conservation & environmental change.— Md Asif Khan آصِف (@imMAK02) October 4, 2019
Today his BJP govt in Mumbai is cutting trees in #AareyForest and he is silent as usual.
whole world should see this hypocrisy of Narendra Modi. #SaveAarey https://t.co/QL2vyEA3UA
We are expediting our extinction!— Anupam | अनुपम (@AnupamConnects) October 4, 2019
In a city prone to floods during monsoon rains and at a time when #ClimateStrike has captured global narrative, it is painful to see 2646 trees being cut in #AareyForest, considered Mumbai's green lung and home to 30 tribal villages.#SaveAarey pic.twitter.com/IJxjIglrAm
The cutting is illegal as there is no such permission published on the bmc website. Also after publishing the permission, the mandatory wait of 15 days is also not followed.— Varun (@Varunaajbola) October 4, 2019
I want them arrested for doing this illegal activity. @MumbaiPolice@AUThackeray #SaveAarey pic.twitter.com/YYb8VyRKt7
How many years it will take to grow such a massive trees. If u disturb nature, It will punish u— Arulraj (@arulraj2005) October 5, 2019
This is illegal !! The permission to cut trees only went up today at 4 pm after which we have 15 days ! And also matters are already pending in Supreme Court— Varun Khanna (@VKhanna86) October 4, 2019
These terrible pictures emerging from #AareyForest @mybmc didnt wait for the 15 day period required to implement orders & more than 250 trees have already been felled. How will this loss ever be compensated? #SaveAarey @ReallySwara @jigneshmevani80 @amrita_02 @terence_fdes pic.twitter.com/A8NWVF0yjP— Sushmita (@Sushmitav1) October 4, 2019
Hundreds of Mumbaikars have gathered to stop the massacre of #AareyForest and facing the wrath of the police.— Abhijeet Dipke (@abhijeet_dipke) October 4, 2019
Where's @AUThackeray who promised that he won't allow cutting down even a single tree?#SaveAarey pic.twitter.com/zbaHOLa0LW
Heard the terrible news about the cutting down of trees in #AareyForest started last night! The ecological imbalance this can cause is beyond control & it must stop. I urge the authorities to help #SaveAarey if not for us, for our future generations 🙏@narendramodi @Dev_Fadnavis— Sidharth Malhotra (@SidMalhotra) October 5, 2019
@ConserveAarey @SaveAarey— Amrita Bhattacharjee (@amrita_02) October 5, 2019
Trees are being felled in Aarey at an exponential rate. 12 sq km area of Aarey is now closed . 144 has been imposed to facilitate felling of trees. Students and Adivasi women are getting arrested for trying to protect trees #SaveAarey #SaveAareyForest pic.twitter.com/jkly1UD4mp
The many birds at Aarey have lost their homes to the greed of @MumbaiMetro3 , @AshwiniBhide @AUThackeray @Dev_Fadnavis @mybmc— Annie (@annette193) October 5, 2019
Nature has always spared Mumbai. It wont spare this time.#SaveAarey pic.twitter.com/upzNVZMY16
Over 300 out of the proposed 2646 trees hacked to death in #AareyForest. In most cases 'Development' happens at the expense of Environmental degradation.Can we afford such a 'development'— Rachit Seth (@rachitseth) October 5, 2019
We have killed the Mithi River in Mumbai & River Yamuna is already on the deathbed in Delhi
It is a sad day for the climate.