In Thane, Mumbai, several people climbed onto a peepal tree to save it from being cut down for the construction of Metro-3 at Church Gate.
Aarati Tamore and Abhay Bavishi, two young residents of Mumbai, disturbed with the scale of deforestation for the Metro-3 project (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ) in south Mumbai, took a stand to protect the green lungs of Bombay.
Protestors along with Tamora and Bavish were taken to the Marine Drive police station and were released only after the trees were cut.
The Metro Project is expected to cut down 1,074 trees and transplant 1,727 trees, which makes it to an approximate of 3000 trees that will be uprooted by the establishment for setting up 27 stations as a part of this project.
A total of 40 students staged a protest at different stations.
Trees lovers, activists and environmentalists in and around Thane have decided to save the trees by tying rakhis to the trees and take a pledge of nurturing them in future.
Members of Aarey Conservation Group and large numbers of people and school children participated in a silent protest to save them from getting axed. They requested the government to review its judgement over the mass deforestation in Aarey colony.
The citizens of Mumbai have signed several petitions to save the trees in the Thane and maintain the ecological balance, as they inspire more and more people to come out in their support.
Reference: The Logical Indian