29 Nov 2022

Supreme Court Allows Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation To Cut Trees At Aarey Colony For Train Ramps

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has allowed Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRC) to take up with the relevant authority its plea for cutting 84 trees at Mumbai's Aarey Colony for constructing train ramps at its car shed project. 

A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice PS Narasimha was told by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Mumbai Metro, that the felling of 84 trees was required for constructing ramps for the trains at the car shed. 

"The MMRCL should be permitted to pursue its application with the Tree Authority for felling 84 trees," the bench said. The court fixed the main pleas against the Metro project for final hearing in February next year. 

Law student had sent letter petition to CJI in 2019

The SC had in 2019 taken suo motu cognisance of a letter petition addressed to the Chief Justice of India by law student Rishav Ranjan requesting a stay on the felling of trees in the colony. 

The court had restrained the authorities from felling any more trees after the solicitor general submitted on behalf of the state of Maharashtra that no further trees will be felled. 

Environmentalists and local residents have protested against felling of trees in the colony.

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