The Supreme court, on Monday, in a special hearing has barred the authorities from cutting trees in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony. The court order comes a day after protesters gathered to protest against the felling of trees to build a metro car shed within the colony.
“Don’t cut anything now, ” The Supreme court ordered fixing the next date of hearing to October 21, which is after Dusshera holidays.
Moreover, the apex court also ordered the immediate release of protesters who were arrested back on Saturday.
The chopping of trees in Aarey forest began under the darkness of Friday after Bombay High court dismissed pleas seeking a ban on cutting of trees in what they call the “Lungs of the City”.
Amid widespread protests, the SC on Sunday set up a special bench to hear the pleas challenging the cutting of trees. The court later said that it had taken law student letters into consideration to set up a special bench to hear the pleas on Monday.
As per several reports, more than 1800 trees have already been downed in the car-shed area site since Friday.