Before the MVA government was overthrown, according to the former minister of tourism and the environment, it was exploring for alternatives to Kanjurmarg for the Metro car shed project.
At a protest in the city on Sunday, the former tourism and environment minister for Maharashtra criticized the state government’s decision to build a Metro car shed in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony and stated that the 808 acres of land were designated as forest and that “human greed and lack of compassion cannot be allowed to destroy biodiversity.”
Aarey is a unique forest within our city, and the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government led by his father Uddhav Thackeray had declared the 808 acres of Aarey as Forest and the “car shed must move out,” according to the Shiv Sena leader, who took part in a protest against the state government’s decision to shift the proposed Metro-3 car shed to the Aarey Forest in a tweet.
In our city, there is a special forest called Aarey. 808 acres of Aarey were designated as a forest by Uddhav Thackeray, ji, and the vehicle shed was ordered to go. We cannot allow the biodiversity in our city to be destroyed by human avarice and callousness, he remarked.
I kindly request the newly elected state administration (headed by CM Eknath Shinde) not to vent their resentment against us in Mumbai “He told reporters further. “Pro-Mumbai, pro-Maharashtra, and a votary of sustainable development,” he claimed the previous administration was “.
Numerous leopards are among the 300 different species of flora and animals that can be found in the Aarey forest, sometimes known as the city’s “green lung,” which is located in Goregaon’s western suburb.
Trees in Aarey were cut down to make room for the auto shed, which has been fiercely opposed by environmentalists. Devendra Fadnavis, the state’s deputy chief minister, recently ordered the administration and state’s attorney general to submit a proposal for erecting the auto shed at Aarey Colony rather than Kanjurmarg, the eastern suburb preferred by the previous Uddhav Thackeray administration.
Aaditya Thackeray addressed the previous government’s choice to move the project to Kanjurmarg on Sunday at a protest by environmentalists against the Metro vehicle shed in Aarey. “We wished to protect the biodiversity and fauna. Without harming a single tree, we worked on concretizing the roadways in Aarey while recognizing the adivasi (tribal) hamlets. According to him, the MVA government was searching for alternatives to Kanjurmarg before it was overthrown after Sena MLA Eknath Shinde and the majority of the party’s lawmakers defected against the party.
The Kanjurmarg car shed would have served Metro lines 3, 6, 4, and 14. We could have saved anywhere between Rs 8,000 and Rs 10,000 crore, the former minister claimed. According to him, a car shed is only for periodic maintenance every four to five months. At the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) and Nariman Point (in south Mumbai), the MVA government was looking for a stabilizing line for Metro 3.
(Using PTI’s contributions,)