By Accommodation Times Bureau
On May 21, activists visited nearly all Metro station spots to check the status of the trees cut down to pave way for Mumbai metros. And were shocked to see that workers had begun chopping down more trees.
Contractors had began cutting down trees for nearly all Metro stations. Just two days back the Supreme Court granted liberty to citizens to approach any committee to be nominated by the Bombay high court with their grievances. Metro-III is a 33.5 km underground line running between Colaba-Bandra-Seepz (Andheri), with 27 stations. Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd said there is no stay on the cutting of trees.
“At Siddhivinayak temple, hardly a handful of trees are left. They have cleared the entire garden,” said Zoru Bathena, a citizen activist. “At Cuffe Parade, 120 trees had been cut in February. Now, we find that more trees have been cut.”
While at Dharavi, 50 trees have been marked for the Metro station, not for cutting them down. “This is really heartening. We want to tell the committee that this is how it must be done at other stations too. We hope we will be able to save some trees,” said Bathena Welfare Group .
Citizens said they have no objection to work being progressed at 10 of the 27 proposed Metro station sites as there are no trees there now. These include Cuffe Parade, CST, Kalbadevi, Girgaum, area near Siddhivinayak temple, Dharavi, Santacruz, airport, Marol and MIDC.