Mumbai : The Supreme Court ordered status quo in Aarey case today against the felling of trees in Mumbai’s Aarey forest and the next hearing is scheduled on October 21. The apex court had recorded an assurance given by the State of Maharashtra that no more trees would be felled till the next hearing.
A special bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Ashok Bhushan had convened suo motu cognisance of a letter written to the Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi by law students regarding cutting of trees. A notice was published on the Supreme Courts’ website yesterday informing of the suo motu taking up the case under the title ‘Re:Felling of trees in Aarey Forest (Maharashtra)’ on the basis of a law student Rishav Ranjan’s evocative letter questioning the legality of constructing a metro car shed in the Green Belt area.
The felling of trees in the Aarey forest is opposed by green activists and local residents, adding that it would rob Mumbai of its green lungs which was illegal. Incidentally, the Bombay High Court had on October 4 declined to quash a Mumbai Municipal decision to permit the cutting of the trees for the metro car shed.