The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has set in motion the process to chop or transplant trees in Aarey Milk Colony as it is obstructing the way for Metro-3 car shed. This notice was issued after the Bombay High Court lifted the stay on the functioning of Tree Authority. BMC in it’s notice has also invited objections and suggestions from the public and the last date of submission is July 8. Later, a public hearing will be held at MMRDA auditorium in BKC.
Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited has submitted an application to BMC seeking permission to axe 2,238 trees and transplant 464 trees in order to make way for Metro Line 3 project. Notably, the notice issued by BMC does not mention the number of trees that is to be cut or transplanted.
Last year, on September 29, BMC issued a similar type of notice and also welcomed public suggestion and objection which was to be submitted by October 10. The BMC received 33,000 suggestion and objection from public. Also, around thousands of people attended the hearing which was held on October 12, 2018. But before coming to a conclusion, the High Court restrained the Tree Authority from taking any decision on applications to cut trees until it had independent experts as nominated members.
Aarey colony in Mumbai is the city’s last remaining stretches of tree and consist of around 2700 trees. After Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the only major ‘Green Spot’ for the city is Aarey Colony. As per the records, it is the shelter for seven leopard and various kinds of insects. In the civic body’s Development Plan (DP) 2034, Aarey has been declared a green zone, where development is possible with an exclusive permission from the civic chief. Inside Aarey, 33 hectares of land have been reserved for the proposed carshed – an area equal to almost four Oval Maidans.
It is to be seen that how many and what sort of suggestions and objections the civic body gets flooded with till July 8.