The cutting of trees started on Friday after the Bombay High Court rejected all petitions opposing the felling of trees in Aarey Colony, a green area in Mumbai. Those opposing the felling alleged that the administration has started cutting down trees. People said that out of the more than 2600 trees that have to be cut, 800 trees have been cut so far.
However, the protesters also reached there shortly and shouted slogans at the metro rail site. The video of cutting down trees went viral on social media, but officials of the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation have not yet confirmed that the felling of trees for the planned metro car shed has begun.
At the same time, Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray has also opposed the cutting of forests. He tweeted that, "There is no point in the Central Government's Ministry of Climate Change coming into existence or talking about plastic pollution when the area around Aarey Colony is being destroyed under the Mumbai Metro III project. Making it a battle of arrogance by the metro is destroying the central government's objective".
A large number of policemen have been deployed at the proposed car shed site, as hundreds of people had reached late Friday night to stop cutting trees. The Devendra Fadnavis government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation have also been condemned on this issue by tweeting many.
Aam Aadmi Party leader Preeti Menon Sharma said that cutting of trees is a violation of the election code in the assembly elections scheduled to be held on October 21.
At the same time, the Mumbai Police has said that in view of the situation, "Section 144 of CRPC has been implemented in the area near the metro-rail project site in Aarey forests of Mumbai. Following the Bombay High Court order, protests are being held last night in Aarey forests against the felling of trees".