With climate change severing with each passing day, it’s high time that humans realise their liability towards nature and give their best at preserving it. Thankfully, the same happened in the wee hours of Sunday, when a whooping 1,500 Mumbaikars formed a 3km-long human chain to protest against the cutting of 2,000 trees in Aarey.
The protesters – including young children – went vocally furious against the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) proposal to chop off 2,238 trees for the erection of a car shed of Metro-3. The protesters, who surely didn’t like the proposal, gathered at Aarey shouting slogans raising banners and then forming a human chain to save the trees.
Notably, Actress Shraddha Kapoor, who has been posting about the issue on her social media, was also seen in the crowd showing her unhappiness on the decision. Further, people who are certainly livid with the authority’s decision said, they will approach the High Court with a plea.
One of the expert committee members, who earlier gave permission for the proposal later, backtracked and was quoted saying, “The vote was held in a chaotic situation and her vote was counted as yes in the pandemonium.”
Dr. Sashirekha Sureshkumar, head of the Botany Department in Mithibai College is the expert who backtracked. Talking to TOI, she said, “There was a lot of confusion. Some people were demanding more time. When the proposal was passed, I was under the impression that it was to take a decision later. But after some time, I realised it was for the Metro proposal. We did not have time to clarify.”
For the inundated, Aarey forset the only gree relief in the city is an integral part of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. It is home to over 5 lakh trees, rich biodiversity of flora and fauna and also leopards. Several advaisi existences have also been reported in the area, thus making it even more crucial.