23 NOVEMBER 2014

Citizens come together to save Aarey after seeing notices pasted on trees at the proposed Metro 3 car shed site. The notices state that the trees are slated to be cut and objections, if any, are to be filed  within a fortnight with the Tree Authority.

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DECEMBER 2014

Citizens file objections with the Tree Authority. They move a PIL before the Hon’ High Court Bombay against cutting of 2298 trees in Aarey. Citizens also meet the MMRCL officers, Municipal Commissioner and Tree Authority members to request them to relocate the car shed from Aarey.

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JANUARY  2015

The Tree Authority does not give an NOC to the MMRCL to cut the trees in Aarey. The Hon’ High Court disposes the PIL with orders to the MMRCL to make available to the public the Environment Impact Assessment Report of the Metro 3. Citizens simultaneously launch awareness drives and signature campaigns at Equal Streets, Standard Chartered Marathon and many other public events  to Save Aarey. Also , awareness and signature drives carried out at societies, colleges and stations.

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DECEMBER 2015- JUNE 2016

Apna Mumbai Abhiyaan Organisation join hands with Vanashakti and the Aarey Conservation Group to Save Aarey. Human Chain again formed at Juhu Beach by celebrities and citizens for Aarey .

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FEBURARY 2015

AamAadmi Party supporters do a protest rally from Goregaon Station to proposed Metro  site in Aarey. Citizens also organize a protest rally on 15.2.2015 attended by about 1500 people . MrAdityaThakerey and  Mr Raj Thakerey visit the site and commit their support to Save Aarey

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MARCH- APRIL 2015

Citizens organize a Human Chain at Marine Drive which is attended by 2500 people from all walks  of life and across all political parties Citizens meet the Chief Minister MrDevendraFadnavis and Eknath Khadse, the Dairy Development Minister and implore him to relocate the car shed from Aarey. The CM appoints a Technical Committee to consider  and explore various options to relocate the car shed. The Committee consists of MMRDA chief Mr UPS Madan, MMRCL head, MsAshwini Bhide, Municipal Commissioner SitaramKunte , and 2 environment experts from IIT Bombay and NEERI – DrRakesh Kumar and Dr Shyam Asolekar.

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MAY- JUNE 2015

Vanashakti and Aarey Conservation Group file a petition before the Hon’ NGT Pune, praying for Aarey to be declared as a forest and an Eco Sensitive Zone . Citizens also organize an AareyMahotsav to show case the bio- diversity of Aarey. A number of plantations and other events also carried out involving college children and residents of nearby areas.

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JULY – AUGUST 2015

Vide order dated 20.07.2015 , Hon NGT directs that Status quo be maintained in the entire Aarey colony area and no construction activity be carried out in the buffer Zone within 100 m from the boundary of the SGNP without the approval of the Tribunal. Vide order dated 19.8.2015 the NGT further passed an order restraining any construction activity to take place inside Aarey Colony.

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SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2015

The CMs Technical Committee appointed for considering relocation of the car shed, ignores the views of the environmental experts who had categorically stated that considering the biodiversity of Aarey and it being catchment area of the Mithi , the car shed will be detrimental and should be relocated from Aarey.  However, the MMRCL insists on…

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DECEMBER 2015- JUNE 2016

  Apna Mumbai Abhiyaan Organisation join hands with Vanashakti and the Aarey Conservation Group to Save Aarey. Human Chain again formed at Juhu Beach by celebrities and citizens for Aarey .

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DECEMBER 2016- FEBURARY  2017

Citizens organize a protest and Human Chain on 12.12.2016 at Aarey Milk Colony which is  attended by 1500 people. The State Government brings out notification to dereserve 33 hectares of land in Aarey for commercial uses, Metro car shed and allied activities, which is vehemently opposed by citizens and about 4000 objections are filed with the Town Planning Department. Vide order dated 5.1.2017, the Hon’ NGT in the petition filed by Vanashakti and ACG orders that work on the 3 hectare land near JVLR in Aarey can be used for the purpose of casting yard after obtaining all necessary legal permissions/ approvals. Through RTIs filed with various departments and…

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MARCH-APRIL 2017

                     MMRCL starts work on Soil Testing in Aarey near Unit 193 with a large contingent of Police despite a status quo order of the Hon’ NGT. The citizens protest and file a complaint with the Aarey police Station on this violation of NGT order .

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MAY –DECEMBER 2017

  The Hon’ High Court Bombay, vide order dated 6.5.2017, dismissed the PIL filed by the Citizens and lifts the stay order on cutting of trees for the Metro 3 project. The citizens file a SLP before the Hon’ Supreme Court, which disposes it off refusing stay on cutting of trees but granting liberty to the citizens to approach the High Court for appointment of the committee to oversee tree transplantations and plantations required…

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JANUARY-AUGUST 2018

Citizens file another petition in the Hon’ High Court Bombay against the change in reservation of land use to accommodate the Metro3 car shed in Aarey. The matter has been argued and is reserved for orders by the Hon’ High Court. Though the status quo order for Aarey by the Hon’ NGT continues, yet,  in a brazen violation of the order, the work of Metro car shed was going on at the proposed site. Despite application for urgent hearing before the Hon’ NGT Pune, the matter could not be taken up in the absence of Judicial Member in the bench. Hence the matter was moved before the Hon’ NGT,  Principal Bench , New Delhi where it was heard on 3rd May 2018. The Hon NGT confirms the status quo order for Aarey. The MMRCL moved an appeal before the Hon’ Supreme Court but the apexd court declined to give any relief to the MMRCL and upheld  the status quo order of the NGT.

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SEPTEMBER 2018

The Hon” NGT orders that it does not have the jurisdiction to declare Aarey as a forest and asks us to move the High Court or the Supreme Court to get Aarey declared as a forest.It directs us to withdraw our petition which we do and start steps to file petition before the High Court. The BMC issues a notification for calling objections to proposed felling of 2300 trees in Aarey,. The last date for receiving  objections is 3.9.2018 and the public hearing is slated for 10.9.2018 before the Gardens Superintendent at his office at Byculla . In the meanwhile, the MMRCL start chopping off the trees at UNIT 19, Aarey colony ,which is the site for the the ramp of the carshed. The citizens protesting against cutting of trees are detained by…

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