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'What is the Hurry?': Twitter Reacts to Midnight Felling of Trees and Arrests in Aarey

'What is the Hurry?': Twitter Reacts to Midnight Felling of Trees and Arrests in Aarey

Netizens lamented the loss of the trees and criticized Bombay High Court's verdict to not deem Aarey Colony a forest.

  • Last Updated: October 5, 2019, 2:17 PM IST
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Environmental crusaders faced a setback on Friday as Bombay High Court dismissed petitions against the felling of nearly 2700 tress in the city's Aarey Forest to make way for the metro car shed for Mumbai Metro.

Activists had been seeking a ban on the felling and demanding relocation of the depot. However, the court refused to acknowledge Aarey as a forest, allowing authorities to begin felling. Much has happened since the High Court verdict on Friday.

Twenty-nine people were arrested, Section 144 imposed and roads leading to Aarey blocked by police as protesters escalated their fight to save Mumbai’s ‘green lung’.

While protests on ground have been intense, netizens have been waging the battle online. Many came out in criticism of the state government's decision to allow the felling and also of the Bombay HC. Photos and videos from the midnight protest were also widely shared.

Yet, some defended the felling.

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. However, The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited had argued in court that the project was of paramount importance for the city.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said that he will take a press conference on Aarey exclusively later on "as it is an important issue and we won't let it go".

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