A day after taking charge as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray on Friday has ordered stoppage of work for the Aarey car shed.
Mumbai witnessed a month-long protest by environmentalists and social activists against the felling of over 2,600 trees in the city’s Aarey colony to construct a proposed car shed for the Mumbai Metro Rail project. The Bombay High Court on October 4 had refused to declare Aarey Colony a forest and declined to quash the Mumbai municipal corporation's decision to allow felling of over 2,600 trees in the green zone to set up a metro car shed. The same night, more than 2,000 trees were cut in a move that was criticised, with protesters gathering at the forest.
“I have given orders to stop work on Aarey car shed,” Mr. Thackeray, a Chief Minister of Shiv Sena- Congress-NCP combine with a common minimum programme, said while addressing a press conference.
“I have not ordered work [on the Metro project] to stop but I won't allow trees to be killed … Not even one tree will be cut as long as I am the CM. I will review how and why these trees were cut,” he added.