Mumbai: The Shinde government has reversed the decision of the Uddhav government to stop the construction of a metro shed in RA Colony. Now the Shinde government has announced that the metro car shed will be built in RA colony only. The Uddhav government had taken the decision to transfer the shed in Aarey Colony after a massive protest against the Metro shed. But now that decision has been reversed by the Shinde government. So politics has started on this.
A political battle has started over the construction of a metro shed in Aarey Colony. The Congress has surrounded the BJP over the decision and called the Shinde-BJP government as the Mahavinash Aghadi government. Maharashtra Congress tweeted that, with the arrival of BJP’s Mahavinash Aghadi, the destruction has started. Earlier, former CM Uddhav Thackeray had ordered to shift the metro car shed from Aarey to Kanjurmarg.
Aarey Colony, spread over 1,287 hectares adjacent to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, is known as the Major Green Lung of Mumbai. In 2019, the BJP-Shiv Sena government was looking to build a shed on the site for the ongoing Metro project here. Citizens and green activists approached the Bombay High Court against this move.
Maharashtra Government has directed the state's Advocate General that the metro car shed will be built in Aarey itself. The side of the Government should be presented before the Court in this regard: Sources
— ANI (@ANI) June 30, 2022
Row over Mumbai Metro 3 car shed
The Mumbai Metro 3 project comprises a 33.5 km underground corridor running along the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ route. In total, there will be 27 stations out of which 26 will be underground. At present, over 90 of the tunnelling work has been completed. There has been a long dispute regarding the location of the Metro car shed. According to environmental activists, Aarey is a forest area and any construction work would hamper the ecological balance. On the other hand, the erstwhile Devendra Fadnavis regime highlighted that the long-term gains of the project would offshoot the temporary damage caused due to the felling of trees.
Widespread protests were held against the Aarey land being utilised for the purpose of building a car shed for Mumbai Metro 3. As the Bombay High Court upheld the permission granted by the Brihanmumbai Mumbai Corporation’s (BMC) Tree Authority in October 2019, over 2,185 trees were razed overnight. This led to a petition in the SC that ordered a freeze on the cutting of any more trees till further orders. After taking over as the CM in November 2019, Uddhav Thackeray asserted that a single leaf of Aarey would not be cut for constructing the car shed.