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Need our nod to build Mumbai metro car shed in Aarey, BMC tells Maharashtra govt

The Shiv Sena, the BMC’s ruling party, has been against the plan to build a car shed inside Aarey. Citizens too have been campaigning against the government’s plan, worried that it may destroy one of the few green spaces Mumbai has left

mumbai Updated: May 10, 2017 09:29 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
Mumbai

More than 2,000 trees may have to be cut to make space for the metro car shed at Aarey Colony.(Hindustan Times)

The change in land-use rules to convert 33 hectares of Aarey Colony — a green lung and no-development zone — to a metro car shed will be allowed only if stakeholders like the forest and environment ministries and the 227-member Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation give no-objection certificates, the BMC has told the state government.

The Shiv Sena, the BMC’s ruling party, has been against the plan to build a car shed inside Aarey. Citizens too have been campaigning against the government’s plan, worried that it may destroy one of the few green spaces Mumbai has left — more than 2,000 trees will have to be cut to make way for it.

READ: Hundreds of trees cut, water bodies destroyed for Mumbai Metro, says NGO

In December 2016, the state urban development department issued a notification for the change in land-use rules for the 33 hectares.

It invited suggestions and objections from government agencies and citizens.

A senior BMC official said the change in land-use rules had to be notified under the Development Plan (DP) 1991, which had marked the entire area a no-development zone.

The DP 2034, however, while marking Aarey as a no-development zone, has already reserved the 33 hectares for the metro car-shed.

BMC’s statement to the government has now been sent to the improvements committee, which will meet on Thursday.