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Aarey Forest Case: SC refuses to stay Maharashtra government’s decision, tree authority to decide on cutting 84 trees


A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice PS Narasimha took note of the submissions of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Mumbai Metro, that 84 trees need to be felled to make a ramp for the train in the car shed.

Aarey Forest Case: SC refuses to stay Maharashtra government's decision, tree authority to decide on cutting 84 trees

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Supreme Court has Aarey Forest I have refused to stay the Maharashtra government’s decision to set up a metro car shed. At the same time, the Tree Authority has been given the freedom to decide on the application for cutting 84 trees. The Supreme Court has allowed the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) to place before the concerned authority an application to cut 84 trees for the construction of a train ramp at its car shed project in Aarey Colony, Mumbai.

A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice PS Narasimha took note of the submissions of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Mumbai Metro, that 84 trees need to be felled to make a ramp for the train in the car shed.

The bench said, MMRCL should be allowed to place its application before the Tree Authority for felling of 84 trees. Along with this, the bench fixed the final hearing on the main applications against the metro project in February next year.

Supreme Court had taken suo motu cognizance in 2019

Earlier, on October 7, 2019, the Supreme Court had taken suo moto cognizance and recorded Maharashtra government’s assurance in the matter that no tree would be cut in future till the next hearing. But on August 5, 2022, the court posted the matter for final hearing.

The current application sought permission to cut 84 trees, which is for Metro Line 3. Earlier in 2018, 212 trees were cut with the approval of the Tree Authority and now the approval of 84 has been sought from the court.

MMRCL applied to cut 84 trees, which are for the shooting segment. Whereas in the pending application of the petitioner NGO, a demand was made to stop the construction in the Aarey Forest area. SG told that the cost of the project has increased considerably, while 95 per cent of the project has been completed. Keeping in mind the public interest, this court should allow the cutting of 84 trees.

After this, the Supreme Court refused to stay the Maharashtra government’s decision to set up a metro car shed in the Aarey forest and granted liberty to the Tree Authority to decide on the application for cutting 84 trees.

The Central Government issued a notification appointing senior advocates Santosh Govind Rao Chapalgaonkar and Milind Manohar Satheya as Additional Judges of the Bombay High Court.

The top court restrained the authorities from cutting more trees after the Solicitor General gave an undertaking on behalf of Maharashtra that no more trees would be cut. Environmentalists and residents are opposing the felling of trees in Aarey Colony.

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