Trees cut by Encroachers in Aarey amid Lockdown
By: LMB Staff
Trees are being cut inside Aarey Milk Colony, Goregaon, during the lockdown period, an environment group told the Supreme Court.
A group of people cut around 50 trees in Aarey Colony before accosting a resident who complained against them
D Stalin, of NGO Vanashakti, alleged the group was trying to construct hutments to expand the slum in the area.
“There is a Supreme Court order banning the cutting of trees inside Aarey Colony. “Despite that, trees are being cut during the lockdown. We lodged complaints with several authorities but they turned Nelson’s eye to it. We have now filed a petition in the Supreme Court,”Stalin told media.
Stalin D has also written a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray requesting the Maharashtra State Forest Department and Thane Forest Circle to monitor Aarey Milk Colony against encroachers during the lockdown.
Stalin said the deforestation of Aarey continues unabated without the fear of law. “This is to highlight the ongoing destruction of the forests of Aarey Colony. You are well aware of the facts of the matter pertaining to the ecological importance of Aarey and it has been six long years since citizens and NGOs started fighting to protect this forest. “
“Matters are pending in various courts pertaining to this issue, but there is nothing that stops the government from taking a positive stand to protect Aarey. There is a Supreme Court order which directs that no trees should be cut in Aarey, but this order is being violated on a daily basis,” his letter states.
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