[ecis2016.org] The top court had restrained the authorities from cutting any more trees in the Aarey colony after the solicitor general had submitted on behalf of Maharashtra that no further trees will be cut.
The Supreme Court on August 24, 2022 directed the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) to strictly abide by its undertaking of cutting no trees in Mumbai’s Aarey colony. The Supreme Court also warned of a strict action in case of any violation to the directive.
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MMRCL had earlier told the Supreme Court that no trees have been cut in Mumbai’s Aarey colony after October 2019. However, according to senior advocate Anitha Shenoy, appearing for the petitioner, clearing and leveling work is going on despite the apex court’s order.
The next hearing on this matter will be on August 30, 2022 and will be heard by a three-judge bench headed by Justice U U Lalit.
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The bench also comprising Justices S R Bhat and Sudhanshu Dhulia said, “The counsel for MMRCL submits that her clients have already filed an affidavit that no trees have been or would be cut in any manner. The said undertaking by the MMRCL director has already been taken on record and MMRCL shall be strictly bound by the same.”
The apex court in 2019 had taken suo motu cognisance of a letter petition addressed to the then Chief Justice of India by a law student seeking a stay on the felling of trees in the Aarey colony.
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In the past, the Bombay High Court in October 2019 refused to declare Aarey Colony a forest and declined to quash the Mumbai municipal corporation’s decision to allow the cutting of over 2,600 trees in the green zone to set up a metro car shed.
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