Tree Cutting For Metro Begins In Mumbai, Citizens Divided On The Environmental Cost

The Supreme Court has asked citizens who oppose the cutting of trees to place their grievances before a two-judge committee of the Bombay High Court and the High Court has lifted the stay on cutting of trees.

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The Supreme Court has asked citizens who oppose the cutting of trees to place their grievances before a two-judge committee of the Bombay High Court and the High Court has lifted the stay on cutting of trees.

Thousands of trees will be cut in Mumbai for the Metro project that is being constructed. For a city that has negligible green cover and urgently requires mass rapid transport systems like the Metro, it’s a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea. And Mumbaikars are divided on the issue.

Even though massive trees, some over a hundred years old, are being cut across the city, officials in charge of the metro project say environmental concerns have been adequately addressed.

But citizens like Frodo Bhujwala believe the authorities are not thinking about the cost of cutting so many old trees and causing permanent damage. They add, a Rs. 23,000 crore project could have been better planned to save more trees.

Churchgate resident Soheila Jalali says, “It’s just that the way things have been planned, it’s very crass. In some places they are using the tunneling method which actually should not require the cutting of trees. I feel that there’s a lack of information on why 5,000 trees need to be cut.” More info

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