Bollywood actor Shraddha Kapoor has joined the protest to save the precious forest of Mumbai, the Aarey Forest.
The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, also known as Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to axe Mumbai’s Aarey forest and it is learnt that BMC reportedly cleared permissions to chop down 300 trees. BMC plans to build a Mumbai Car shed project in its place, which is being widely opposed by activists and tribals in Aarey colony. The Tree Authority, which comes under BMC, permitted Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) to cut 2,232 trees from the Aarey Colony and translocate 469 others to make way for the construction of the car service centre.
Hundreds of Mumbaikars have gathered in protest of the same and had formed a human chain at Birsa Munda Chowk, Goregaon. Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor also participated in the movement on Sunday and stood hand-in-hand with fellow protestors. The actress was seen standing on the road holding an umbrella and a placard, chanting slogans as she extended her support to the cause. The agitation is getting massive support of people across the field day after day.
The Aarey forest issue is becoming a crucial civic issue in Mumbai, as multiple projects have come up in the Aarey region. The projects are affecting over 27 hamlets in the area. These projects include the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation project, the car shed project, and another project sanctioned by the Force One Group. The plans, if successful, are likely to affect over 2,000 families.