The Supreme Court has set up a special bench in the Aare Colony area of Mumbai, taking automatic cognizance in the case of cutting of trees.
According to news agency ANI, this bench will hear on Monday. This decision has come after a letter written by the students to Chief Justice.
A delegation of students had written to Chief Justice on Sunday requesting to take cognizance in the matter of cutting of trees.
Mumbai Police, Metro Rail Corporation and Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation are cutting 2700 trees for the metro shed in Aarey Colony.
There was already opposition to building a car shed in this area for the metro project. Several petitions were also filed in the High Court regarding this, but on Friday, the court dismissed them all.
The possibility of cutting hundreds of trees
The Bombay High Court refused to quash the decision to approve the felling of trees, not considering Aarey Colony as a forest.
Since then, the work of cutting trees started and it is feared that hundreds of trees have been cut.
Environmental activists are opposing cutting of trees. The number of policemen has been increased in the area. On Saturday, section 144 was also imposed in the area after the people of the protesting scuffle with policemen.
On Saturday, police arrested more than 50 activists protesting and took many others into custody for questioning.
According to the news agency PTI, environmental activists had filed a fresh petition in the High Court on Saturday but the court refused to consider it.
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