Will "Knock" On Chief Justice's Door To Save Aarey Trees, Say Students

Often referred to as the green lung of Mumbai, Aarey Colony in suburban Goregaon, along with Sanjay Gandhi National Park has over five lakh trees.

Will 'Knock' On Chief Justice's Door To Save Aarey Trees, Say Students

29 activists were arrested for protesting against felling of trees in Aarey Colony.

New Delhi:

Amid protests by activists against thousands of trees being cut at Mumbai's Aarey Colony for the construction of a metro car shed, a student delegation said they will visit Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi's house in Delhi in a bid to seek his intervention in the matter.

The students on a Facebook page said their delegation will meet Chief Justice Gogoi and ask him to "exercise his special jurisdiction and go out of conventional way for stay on felling of trees in Aarey by Mumbai Authorities."

The students, on the Facebook page -  "Knock The Doors Of Honorable CJI To #SaveAarey," said they believe that "there is no time for filing an appeal petition and go through legal technicalities as by then Aarey will be cleared off by Mumbai Authorities."

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People gathered at Mumbai's Aarey Colony on Friday night while Mumbai authorities began cutting trees. (PTI)

Often referred to as the green lung of Mumbai, Aarey Colony in suburban Goregaon, along with Sanjay Gandhi National Park has over five lakh trees.

Authorities in Mumbai, in a midnight move on Friday, began cutting trees after the Bombay High Court dismissed a plea to stay felling of trees for a metro project, inviting widespread ire. 29 people have been arrested for protesting against the move and were sent to judicial custody. Many other were were reportedly detained. The activists say cutting trees at Aarey Colony is illegal.

Environmentalists on Saturday, moved an application seeking stay on the cutting of trees until the Supreme Court announces its judgement. However, the bench hearing the petition said it would not interfere with the Bombay High Court order that was issued on Friday. The Mumbai Police has banned the gathering of four or more people in Aarey Colony. 

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Police cordon off Aarey colony following protests against the tree-cutting being carried out for the Metro car shed project

The move escalated into a tirade with the Shiv Sena, BJP's ally in Maharashtra, siding with the activists. 

The protests against felling of trees also sparked twitter campaigns and online 'petitions' such as #AareyChipko #SaveAarey. Several Bollywood stars have also echoed concerns about the loss of green cover and urged people to come together and save the planet.

Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam joined activists to condemn felling of trees and the arrest of protesters. Milind Deora, his party colleague, called the tree cutting "stabbing yourself in the lungs".

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Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday backed the cutting of trees in Aarey Colony. "When the first Delhi metro station was constructed, 20-25 trees were cut down. People then protested against it. Today it is the best metro across the world," the minister said.

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