Former Maharashtra tourism and surroundings minister on Sunday slammed the state authorities’s choice to assemble a Metro automotive shed in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony and mentioned the 808 acres of land was reserved as forest and “human greed and lack of compassion can’t be allowed to destroy biodiversity” throughout a protest within the metropolis.
The Shiv Sena chief, who participated in a protest in opposition to the state authorities’s transfer to shift the proposed Metro-3 automotive shed to the Aarey Forest in a tweet mentioned, “Aarey is a novel forest inside our metropolis,” and the earlier Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) authorities led by his father Uddhav Thackeray had declared the 808 acres of Aarey as Forest and the “automotive shed should transfer out.”
“Aarey is a novel forest inside our metropolis. Uddhav Thackeray ji declared 808 acres of Aarey as Forest and the automotive shed should transfer out. Our human greed and lack of compassion can’t be allowed to destroy biodiversity in our metropolis,” he mentioned.
Aarey is a novel forest inside our metropolis. Uddhav Thackeray ji declared 808 acres of Aarey as Forest and the automotive shed should transfer out. Our human greed and lack of compassion can’t be allowed to destroy biodiversity in our metropolis. pic.twitter.com/YNbS0ryd8d
— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) July 10, 2022
“I enchantment to the brand new state authorities (led by CM Eknath Shinde) to not take out the anger in opposition to us on Mumbai,” he additional instructed reporters. He mentioned the earlier authorities was “pro-Mumbai, pro-Maharashtra and a votary of sustainable improvement”.
Within the Aarey forest, usually termed as town’s inexperienced lung’, positioned in Goregaon western suburb, some 300 totally different styles of natural world are discovered, together with a lot of leopards.
Inexperienced activists have been vehemently opposing the reducing of timber in Aarey for the automotive shed. Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis not too long ago directed state Advocate Normal and the administration to submit a proposal on constructing the automotive shed in Aarey Colony, as an alternative of Kanjurmarg, the japanese suburb which was chosen by the earlier Uddhav Thackeray-led authorities.
On Sunday, Aaditya Thackeray throughout a protest by environmentalists in opposition to the Metro automotive shed in Aarey, defined the earlier authorities’s choice to shift the undertaking to Kanjurmarg. “We needed to protect the wildlife and biodiversity. We acknowledged the adivasi (tribal) hamlets and on the identical time, labored on the concretisation of roads in Aarey with out touching a single tree.” He mentioned earlier than the MVA authorities was toppled after Sena MLA Eknath Shinde and a lot of the get together legislators rebelled in opposition to the get together, it was searching for choices apart from Kanjurmarg.
“The Kanjurmarg automotive shed would have catered to the Metro strains 3, 6, 4 and 14. We’d have saved Rs 8,000 crore to Rs 10,000 crore,” the previous minister mentioned. A automotive shed isn’t for day by day use, however for upkeep each 4 to 5 months, he mentioned. The MVA authorities was searching for a stabilizing line for Metro 3 on the Bandra-Kurla Advanced (BKC) and Nariman Level (in south Mumbai), he added.
(With inputs from PTI)
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