Giving a green signal to the Metro Depot project, the Bombay High Court on Friday dismissed all petitions related to the Aarey forest against felling of over 2,600 for a Mumbai metro car shed and depot.
For the last many months, the tree felling of Aarey forest area was the centre of a row in which environmentalists and Metro authorities were locking horns. Several Bollywood personalities including Shraddha Kapoor, John Abraham and Randeep Hooda have also extended their support to the activists protesting against the feeling of trees in Aarey. However, stars such as Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar stood for the project and faced strong backlash.
Activists have been opposing the proposed felling of over trees in Aarey to make way for the metro car shed and demanding relocation of the depot, which is part of the Metro III project.
The Aarey colony, measuring 1,287 hectares and located adjoining the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, is known as a major green lung of the metropolis. On September 20, the Maharashtra government had told the court that Aarey cannot be declared as forest just because there is greenery there.