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State environment minister Aaditya Thackeray said they will await detailed court order to decide future course of action.(Pratik Chorge/HT photo)

Setback for MVA in shifting carshed out of Aarey Colony as HC stays Kanjurmarg shed work

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 01:40 PM IST
The Thackeray government had scrapped Devendra Fadnavis government’s decision to build carshed at Aarey Colony despite opposition from environment activists and citizen groups who had insisted that Aarey wad one of the last green spots in Mumbai
Among the green gems plotted on the map are the Karvi flower that blooms at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (above) once in eight years.(HT photo)
Among the green gems plotted on the map are the Karvi flower that blooms at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (above) once in eight years.(HT photo)

Biodiversity by the Bay: Mumbai’s green gems plotted on a map

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 09:30 PM IST
Conceived by Purpose Climate Lab (PCL), the map is part of the Biodiversity by the Bay campaign, run by citizens’ collective, Ministry of Mumbai’s Magic and other partner organisations
The group, which includes environmentalists and lawyers, has appealed state environment minister Aaditya Thackery to protect flamingos and their habitats, declare the entire 3,122-acre Aarey Milk Colony as a forest, increase protection for Mumbai’s green cover, ensure supportive policy for the livelihood of fishers, and increase open spaces and parks as part of the campaign.(Representational Photo/HT)
The group, which includes environmentalists and lawyers, has appealed state environment minister Aaditya Thackery to protect flamingos and their habitats, declare the entire 3,122-acre Aarey Milk Colony as a forest, increase protection for Mumbai’s green cover, ensure supportive policy for the livelihood of fishers, and increase open spaces and parks as part of the campaign.(Representational Photo/HT)

Citizens’ collective starts Biodiversity by the Bay campaign in Mumbai

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
PUBLISHED ON SEP 12, 2020 12:54 PM IST
A study in July found a 42.5% drop in Mumbai’s green cover over 30 years with the ratio of green spaces to total geographical area falling from 46.7% in 1988 to 26.67% in 2018 due to developmental activities
The keema ghotala toastie in Sea Lounge, Taj Mahal Hotel, is inspired by the Mumbai street dish of keema with scrambled egg
The keema ghotala toastie in Sea Lounge, Taj Mahal Hotel, is inspired by the Mumbai street dish of keema with scrambled egg

Rude food by Vir Sanghvi: Raising a toastie

Hindustan Times | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2020 08:16 AM IST
Whether it’s those stubby keema-stuffed sandwiches or the melt-in-your-mouth ham and cheese combo, toasties are comforting to boot
The protestors said they were not against the project but were opposing the cutting of more than 2,000 trees in the Metro car shed plot.(HT File)
The protestors said they were not against the project but were opposing the cutting of more than 2,000 trees in the Metro car shed plot.(HT File)

Resettlement colony at Aarey will test environment groups

UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2020 12:03 AM IST
The resettlement colony at Aarey will be a test for environment groups that had carried out some of the most sustained public protests in the city against tree felling at Aarey Milk Colony
Aarey Milk Colony is spread over 3,160 acres (1,281 ha) which is owned by various government departments(HT Photo)
Aarey Milk Colony is spread over 3,160 acres (1,281 ha) which is owned by various government departments(HT Photo)

A disappointing week for those who want to save Aarey

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2020 11:52 PM IST
There is very little hope of Aarey being preserved for posterity unless the area gets statutory protection
There has been a 65% increase in the number of permissions issued for tree cutting in 2019 compared to the previous year .(HT PHOTO)
There has been a 65% increase in the number of permissions issued for tree cutting in 2019 compared to the previous year .(HT PHOTO)

Data on Mumbai’s trees is inconsistent and suspicious

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2020 06:31 AM IST
The BMC, which plants saplings along roads during the monsoon, has been planting fewer trees in the last few year
Maharashtra, Oct 09 (ANI): A tree with 'Save Me' and 'It Pain' written on it after being cut for an MMRCL project at Aarey Colony Goregaon in Mumbai on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
Maharashtra, Oct 09 (ANI): A tree with 'Save Me' and 'It Pain' written on it after being cut for an MMRCL project at Aarey Colony Goregaon in Mumbai on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

Maharashtra government to review bullet train project

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Swapnil Rawal
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2019 06:47 AM IST
Thackeray clarified that his government was not suspending the 508-km project immediately, a day after stopping construction at Aarey.
With a Shiv Sena-Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) regime set to assume office in Maharashtra on Thursday, doubts are being raised over the fate of several infrastructure projects in Mumbai (HT PHOTO)
With a Shiv Sena-Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) regime set to assume office in Maharashtra on Thursday, doubts are being raised over the fate of several infrastructure projects in Mumbai (HT PHOTO)

With new regime in Maharashtra, fate of many infra projects at stake

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Tanushree Venkatraman
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2019 12:44 AM IST
Topping the list of projects that might face delays are Mumbai Metro-3 (Colaba-Bandra-Seepz), the 701-km Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway and the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train.
Aarey Milk Colony was established in 1949 as a government dairy farm on 1,287 hectares of land.(HT File)
Aarey Milk Colony was established in 1949 as a government dairy farm on 1,287 hectares of land.(HT File)

Aarey green cover decimated by city’s development plans

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2019 07:38 AM IST
Over the decades, a substantial portion of Aarey Colony’s green cover has been lost to new construction projects
Work on the Metro 3 car shed at Aarey Colony(HT Photo)
Work on the Metro 3 car shed at Aarey Colony(HT Photo)

Petition in HC is another hope to save Aarey

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
PUBLISHED ON NOV 03, 2019 11:13 PM IST
Metro car shed where work is going on at Prajapurpada, Aarey colony in Mumbai.(Photo by Satyabrata Tripathy/Hindustan Times)
Metro car shed where work is going on at Prajapurpada, Aarey colony in Mumbai.(Photo by Satyabrata Tripathy/Hindustan Times)

No stay on Aarey Metro work, bar on tree cutting

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2019 06:12 AM IST
Aarey, one of Mumbai’s few green belts, has been at the centre of a row over the possible ecological damage because of the construction by the Mumbai Metro.
People protesting outside MMRCL office against building a making metro car shed inside Aarey Colony, Mumbai, September 13(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
People protesting outside MMRCL office against building a making metro car shed inside Aarey Colony, Mumbai, September 13(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Preserve nature. It’s our best bet for the future

By Madhav Gadgil
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2019 07:25 PM IST
It’s time to protect water courses, vegetation, and ensure that there are no heat islands, addition of aerosols
A press conference was held by citizens arrested for protesting against tree-felling in Aarey Colony, Mumbai, October 11, 2019.(Kunal Pandit / HT Photo)
A press conference was held by citizens arrested for protesting against tree-felling in Aarey Colony, Mumbai, October 11, 2019.(Kunal Pandit / HT Photo)

Fight to save Aarey will go on till Maharashtra government changes stand, say protesters

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Yesha Kotak, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2019 11:45 AM IST
One of the arrested citizens, Kamlesh Shyamthul, 33, questioned the government and asked why citizens were arrested for protecting trees.
Axed trees in Aarey Colony in Mumbai on Monday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Axed trees in Aarey Colony in Mumbai on Monday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Supreme Court halts felling of Aarey trees; government says 98% already cut

Hindustan Times, New Delhi, Mumbai | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2019 01:00 AM IST
Solicitor general of India Tushar Mehta, appearing for Maharashtra government, told the apex court that whatever was required to be cut for the Metro car shed has already been done, and that the authorities would not chop any more trees.
Chopped down trees are seen at Metro car shed in Aarey Colony in Mumbai, India, on Monday, October 7, 2019.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Chopped down trees are seen at Metro car shed in Aarey Colony in Mumbai, India, on Monday, October 7, 2019.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Aarey tree felling case revives debate on what constitutes a forest

New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2019 05:36 AM IST
Aarey, a biodiversity-rich zone, contiguous with the Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a case in point. Citizens are demanding that the land be given legal protection by recognising it either as deemed forest or as a biodiversity reserve.
Workers remove chopped trees from Aarey forest after the Supreme Court restricted further felling of trees in the area, in Mumbai on Monday. (ANI Photo)
Workers remove chopped trees from Aarey forest after the Supreme Court restricted further felling of trees in the area, in Mumbai on Monday. (ANI Photo)

2,141 trees cut in Aarey colony, Mumbai Metro says will meet project deadline

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2020 04:32 PM IST
The trees were being cleared to make way for a car shed for Mumbai Metro’s phase III.
People protesting against cutting down of trees for a proposed metro car shed project at Aarey Colony in Mumbai on Sunday.(AP photo)
People protesting against cutting down of trees for a proposed metro car shed project at Aarey Colony in Mumbai on Sunday.(AP photo)

Supreme Court to hear plea against Aarey tree felling today

New Delhi/Mumbai | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2020 07:45 PM IST
The Aarey Milk colony is a 1,287 hectare area housing roughly 500,000 trees abutting the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and the Mithi river.
“Sometimes to construct something new destruction becomes inevitable but it also paves the way for new life and new creation,” Bhide tweeted.(Photo: AshwiniBhide/ Twitter)
“Sometimes to construct something new destruction becomes inevitable but it also paves the way for new life and new creation,” Bhide tweeted.(Photo: AshwiniBhide/ Twitter)

Destruction inevitable, says Mumbai Metro’s chief Ashwini Bhide after Aarey row

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2020 03:16 AM IST
Local residents, activists, and opposition parties have slammed the government after hundreds of trees were chopped off in Aarey under heavy security since Friday night to clear the land for construction of the car shed.
Opposition parties have also criticised the Shiv Sena. Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam, who visited the site of the protests, said the Sena had adopted “double standards” in opposing the car shed on one hand, but still sharing power with BJP.(HT image)
Opposition parties have also criticised the Shiv Sena. Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam, who visited the site of the protests, said the Sena had adopted “double standards” in opposing the car shed on one hand, but still sharing power with BJP.(HT image)

Will deal with ‘murderers of trees’ after returning to power: Shiv Sena chief

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Swapnil Rawal
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2019 04:21 AM IST
Despite controlling the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Shiv Sena was unable to stop the tree authority from granting permission to axe 2,185 trees and transplant 461 trees in Aarey Milk Colony for the Metro-3 project.
Shiv Sena party chief Uddhav Thackeray with his son Aaditya Thackeray(PTI)
Shiv Sena party chief Uddhav Thackeray with his son Aaditya Thackeray(PTI)

Will declare Aarey a forest when Sena returns to power: Aaditya Thackeray

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Eeshanpriya M S
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2020 03:00 AM IST
During a rally in Worli, Shiv Sena leader says his priority will be to improve education, medical care
The construction of a car depot at Aarey Colony for the Metro project has been opposed by environmentalists, local citizens, students and politicians.(HT FILE)
The construction of a car depot at Aarey Colony for the Metro project has been opposed by environmentalists, local citizens, students and politicians.(HT FILE)

Shifting the Metro depot alone will not save Aarey

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2019 11:41 PM IST
Aarey’s fate is precarious: the car depot will take away 3% of the area; even if the car depot is shifted out, 97% of the area has no protection
The authority approved the felling of 2,646 trees – 2,185 to be cut and 461 to be transplanted – on August 29. Eight voted for the proposal, six voted against it, two abstained voting and two were absent.(HT FILE)
The authority approved the felling of 2,646 trees – 2,185 to be cut and 461 to be transplanted – on August 29. Eight voted for the proposal, six voted against it, two abstained voting and two were absent.(HT FILE)

Claims against experts baseless: Pardeshi

Mumbai | By Sagar Pillai
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2019 05:00 AM IST
AAP has accused both, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray, of using the construction of the Metro car shed at Aarey Milk Colony as an excuse to further commercial interests(HT FILE)
AAP has accused both, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray, of using the construction of the Metro car shed at Aarey Milk Colony as an excuse to further commercial interests(HT FILE)

AAP attacks CM and Aaditya for ‘using’ Aarey issue

Mumbai | By Naresh R Kamath
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2019 05:02 AM IST
AAP warned that the party will start a Chipko-inspired movement if the state attempts to cut 2,646 trees to build the shed.
The letter concludes that as the issue is highly sensitive and involves the constitutionally-guaranteed Right to Life of around 1.5 million Mumbaiites, it seems a fit case as per the Apex court guidelines for live streaming and audio-video recording of the hearings.(HT FILE)
The letter concludes that as the issue is highly sensitive and involves the constitutionally-guaranteed Right to Life of around 1.5 million Mumbaiites, it seems a fit case as per the Apex court guidelines for live streaming and audio-video recording of the hearings.(HT FILE)

Prof to HC: Allow live-streaming of hearings for public

Mumbai | By K A Y Dodhiya
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2019 05:05 AM IST
The letter written by Professor Shraddha Kunal Birwadkar has referred to a September 26, 2018, judgment of the Supreme Court (SC), in which it held that all the important issues pertaining to larger public interest shall be live streamed and audio-video recorded to justify the demands of the people.
On September 13, the tree authority of the Sena-controlled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) gave the final nod to axe 2,185 trees and transplant 461 trees on the plot where the car depot has been proposed.(HT FILE)
On September 13, the tree authority of the Sena-controlled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) gave the final nod to axe 2,185 trees and transplant 461 trees on the plot where the car depot has been proposed.(HT FILE)

‘Aarey shed will meet same fate as Nanar’: Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai | By Swapnil Rawal
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2019 05:36 AM IST
BJP claims it is pressure tactic by Shiv Sena to get equal seats for the upcoming state Assembly polls
A green cover developed between Feb 2019 to July 2019, using Miyawaki method and only 25% water.(HT Photo)
A green cover developed between Feb 2019 to July 2019, using Miyawaki method and only 25% water.(HT Photo)

Citizens create South Bombay’s first Miyawaki forest

Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2019 04:34 AM IST
The project comes at a time when citizens are fighting to save over 2,600 trees at Aarey Milk Colony.
The status of Aarey Milk Colony, known as the city’s green lung, has been mired in controversy. In 2015, the non-governmental organisation Vanashakti had filed a petition with the National Green Tribunal, asking the area be declared a forest.(HT image)
The status of Aarey Milk Colony, known as the city’s green lung, has been mired in controversy. In 2015, the non-governmental organisation Vanashakti had filed a petition with the National Green Tribunal, asking the area be declared a forest.(HT image)

Against car shed in Aarey, not Metro, say protesters

Mumbai | By Steffy Thevar
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 03:31 AM IST
Protesters formed a human chain for more than an hour and raised slogans against the authorities. A few people also gathered in support of the Metro, arguing that delays would escalate cost of the project which would in turn increase the burden on tax payers.
Aarey is spread across 1,281 hectares (ha) in the western suburbs of Mumbai.(HT image)
Aarey is spread across 1,281 hectares (ha) in the western suburbs of Mumbai.(HT image)

How’ll metro impact Aarey species? Int’l body to check

Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2019 01:59 AM IST
IUCN’s decision comes after city-based wildlife conservation group Empower Foundation submitted its second report – titled “Evidences of Wildlife in Aarey Forest” – within a week to the India office of IUCN on Wednesday.
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