Around 1,500 residents of Mumbai braved the rain and came together to form a human chain that reportedly stretched for 3 km to protest the felling of nearly 2,700 trees of the city’s Aarey forest.
The protest was joined by activists, children and celebrities, including Shraddha Kapoor. The protests took place after Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) approved to cut down trees in order to build a metro car shed.
One of the last remaining green patches in Mumbai, Aarey forest has been reduced from 3,000 hectares to 1,300 hectares, owing to development projects. It is home to around 4.5 lakh trees as well as indigenous communities.
There are certain arguments put forth by the Metro authorities, or by someone on their behalf, using words like “carbon offset”, “carbon footprint” and how the trees that are being cut are exotic and not really native to Mumbai.
There are some basic facts we need to accept that the MMRCL chooses to ignore.