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Save Aarey Forest Campaign Intensifies, Supriya Sule And Aditya Thackeray Join Protest

Hundreds of people in Mumbai have been staging protests to oppose the slashing of over 2,700 trees in the Aarey forests. The protest garnered greater support and momentum after Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, made an attempt to defend the move. 

Adivasis in the area, along with the locals participated in the protest on Sunday, September 8. 

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Supriya Sule took to Twitter to express her support. She was joined by the locals at Aarey Colony who protested against Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Tree Authority’s decision to slash trees in the locality.

“I care about the Aarey Colony. Environmentalists are opposing the cutting down of trees in the area. Global warming has become a big challenge for us,” Sule said.

Explaining that NCP believes in a development that is not at the cost of cutting down trees, Sule said that the party has always voted against the cutting down of trees in the municipal corporation.

Sule also expressed her wish to meet the Chief Minister and urge him to listen to the protestors and address them.

“As a Mumbaikar, I would want to meet the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis on September 12. There are many people who are opposing the cutting of trees and the Chief Minister should hear them out,” she said.

Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray also took to Twitter to express his concerns over the decision to cut trees in the name of development. 

“Only Shiv Sena had refrained from supporting the chopping of trees in Aarey forest for building a car shed for the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation’s Metro-3 project,” Thackeray said talking about the diminishing green cover in Mumbai. 

Several celebrities and film stars also came out in support of the movement.

Aarey is the world’s only forest which is located in the middle of a metropolis and is home to a huge diversity of insects, reptiles, mammals and also more than 7000 indigenous tribal people who are dependent on the forest for their living.

After a continuous protest against the felling of trees in Aarey, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday, September 9 said that the trees should only be cut when the development of a project is restricted or stopped. He also suggested that a person should be made to plant 10 trees for every tree slashed by him or her. 


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