Aarey petitioners ‘disappointed’

Battle will continue in SC, say activists

Published - October 05, 2019 01:59 am IST - Mumbai

Storm brewing: Protesters storm the Metro depot site after trees were cut, on Friday night.

Storm brewing: Protesters storm the Metro depot site after trees were cut, on Friday night.

Activists who moved the Bombay High Court against the Tree Authority resolution to cut over 2,600 trees in Aarey colony have expressed disappointment over the court’s dismissal of the petitions on Friday.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s Tree Authority passed a resolution on August 29 to cut 2,646 trees to make way for the Metro 3 car shed. Zoru Bhathena, one of the petitioners, said he was “extremely disappointed” with the HC decision, “but as the court has said it cannot decide on the matter, we will take it to the Supreme Court.”

Stalin Dayanand, another petitioner, said, “As the matter is pending before the Supreme Court, what the High Court has done is correct. We will be moving towards the hearing of the plea. The High Court’s decision has not made matters adverse but more difficult.”

Rohit Joshi said, “The court has not passed a verdict but stated that they cannot decide the matter as it is already pending in the Supreme Court and the National Green Tribunal. Therefore, we will be taking the matter to the Supreme Court.”

The protests for Aarey Forest began in 2014 and will continue, he said. “In the coming elections, our message to the government is loud and clear: ‘If you cut down trees, we will not vote for you.’”

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