Supreme court on Monday stayed further cutting of trees in Aarey colony and ordered Mahrashtra government to maintain status quo in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony.Special holiday bench of the supreme court said that Aarey forest was a no-development zone and not eco-sensitive zone as claimed by petitioner. The court deemed the felling of trees illegal.IN 24 hours since 9 pm on Friday, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) has cut as many as 2,134 trees in Aarey Milk Colony for clearing the area demarcated for the car shed of 2,646 trees.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta representing the MMRCL told the bench that it could record his statement that “whatever has to be cut is cut. Nothing further is to be cut”. The court he said could examine the legality or illegality of the action.

Protests have been taking place against the construction of a car shed for the Mumbai Metro at the colony for two years.

The tree-cutting began amid protests Friday night after the Bombay High Court dismissed a bunch of petition challenging the corporation’s decision to allow felling of 2,185 trees and transplantation of 460 for the project.

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