Mumbai: The Shiv Sena youth icon, Aaditya Thackeray has repeated his opposition to the cutting of trees at Aarey colony in Mumbai for the purpose of constructing a Metro car park.
Taking a firm stand on the issue, junior Thackeray declared that he is against the structure being built at the cost of the city’s green cover. The fate of nearly 3,000 trees in one of Mumbai’s greenest neighbourhoods is now an all-out fight between BJP leader and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the Sena’s Thackeray, who has highlighted the potential destruction of floodplains and the loss to local wildlife.
The eminent singer, Lata Mangeshkar also opposed the cutting of trees for the construction of Metro there. “It is my way or highway attitude. If they can’t build a Metro car shed at (some) other place, it is like threatening Mumbai. So why should such officers, or consultants, stay in their position?” says Aditya and this time targeting Ashwini Bhide, the IAS officer in charge of the construction.
The Sena has steadfastly opposed the proposed construction in Aarey colony and voted against the plan that was nevertheless passed by the Tree Authority of the BMC.
Aditya said that they all want the Metro but this bullying was not accepted. “We will not accept the decision which is forced upon us. I don’t remember anyone working in this manner. We have accepted all of their decisions, but we will not accept if anyone touches Aarey,” the Sena youth leader asserted.
Earlier, Aditya had demanded Bhide’s transfer over the matter, claiming she was “disrespecting elected representatives and citizens of Mumbai.” The Chief Minister Fadnavis and the BJP have publicly supported the felling of trees for the construction of the Metro.