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Dia Mirza slams clearing of forest in Gurgaon; says no development at nature’s cost

Dia Mirza has criticised the clearing of green cover in the Aravallis. She says that it’s time people start respecting laws and assume the position of development that isn’t at the cost of the environment.

bollywood Updated: Jul 05, 2017 15:12 IST
Naina Arora
Naina Arora
Hindustan Times
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Dia Mirza in a tweet wrote recently, that she will stop using the services of a telecom company, if they are causing destruction of trees in the Aravalli region.(Yogen Shah)

What are we willing to forsake in the name of development? Asks actor Dia Mirza, on felling of trees in the Aravalli region for a real estate project, allegedly involving a leading telecom company. After the Haryana government cleared the felling of more than 10,000 trees in the Aravallis for construction of a real estate project, last Sunday, the region saw chopping of trees in 52 acres of land in Sarai Khwaja village in Faridabad district. The move has evoke the wrath of citizens, including that of Mirza, who tweeted that she would stop using the services of the telecom company “if they cause destruction of our forests and green zones”. Her tweet was in response to the NGO, Save Aravali, accusing the telecom giant for destruction of trees in the region. Actor Randeep Hooda, too, tweeted that if “there is any truth” to the report, then he would also boycott the company.

The 35-year-old actor feels that it’s important to acknowledge a problem, so as to find an appropriate solution. She says, “Too many of us are unaware of the growing environment problem. What we unknowingly and unwittingly do is, when we invest in or subscribe to organisations and companies that are doing more damage than good, we are also supporting what is not right.”

She explains, “Let’s take a case in point of the area that was cleared of trees and shrubbery in the Aravallis. Aravallis are one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. And this particular mountain range is what recharges the ground water. This ground water replenishes water for Delhi, Gurgaon and Haryana.”

Dia, who in the past has been vocal in the fight to save Aarey Colony, a lush green area in Mumbai that has come under threat by a Metro III project, says, “There is a lot of work happening, all over the country, in the name of development and progress. But what does that work entail? It entails disconnecting forests, clearing up green cover. In Mumbai we are dealing with Metro rail yard. It has been approved to be built in one of our green zones, The Arrey Colony.”

She adds, “Are we for the idea of progress and growth, willing to give up the basics of what we need to survive, which is access to water, clean air and the basics that provide a healthy life? What we unknowingly and unwittingly do is, when we invest in or subscribe to organisations, groups or companies that are doing more damage than good, we are supporting what is not right.”

And what is the way forward? We ask. “There are laws in place that people need to start respecting. As citizens, whether we are industrialists, corporates, builders, we should stop undermining the law. We should start respecting the law. We also have to assume the position of development, which is one that includes absolute knowledge and awareness of how one is impacting all life at the ground level - not development that happens at any cost,” she signs off.

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First Published: Jul 05, 2017 14:38 IST