How did the case of Aare Jungle reach the Supreme Court? - AB TAK NEWS


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Tuesday, 8 October 2019

How did the case of Aare Jungle reach the Supreme Court?

How did the case of Aare Jungle reach the Supreme Court

The saw coming from the motor struck a huge green tree in a few seconds.

Now people are watching the video of the cutting of this tree on social media and expressing concern about the environment.

Till yesterday, about two thousand such trees standing in Aarey Colony of Mumbai have been cut down.

The petition filed to save these trees was heard in the Supreme Court on Monday.

Despite the holiday of Dussehra, the court came up and the Supreme Court ordered that trees should not be cut down till October 21 and the status quo should be maintained.

But the Maharashtra government has told the court that as many trees as needed for the metro rail project have been cut.

Hearing in Supreme Court

Advocate Nishant Kateswarakar, appearing for the Maharashtra government in the Supreme Court, told the BBC, "I will not be able to tell the exact number of trees that have been cut, but all the trees on 33 hectares of land have been cut."

The Supreme Court took cognizance of the letter of law student Rishabh Ranjan and heard it as a PIL.

Rishabh Ranjan is originally from Jamshedpur in Jharkhand.

Rishabh told the BBC, "I had gone to my house during the Durga Puja holidays. Some of my friends living in Mumbai were fighting to save the saw trees. I was constantly getting updates from them. The Bombay High Court decision After the felling of trees started on Friday evening, my friends protested against it. They were taken into custody. They were arrested the next morning. "

The status quo will be maintained

Rishabh Ranjan explains, "Before being arrested, my friend Kapil asked me to knock the door of the Supreme Court to save the trees. I immediately returned to Delhi from Jamshedpur and after coming to Delhi I sent the memorandum to the Chief Justice's house and His Excellency the President. Assigned. At eight o'clock on Sunday night, we came to know that our letter has been accepted as a PIL and it will be heard. "

Rishabh Ranjan, speaking on Monday's court order, told the BBC, "The Supreme Court has said that the cutting of trees should stop and the status quo should remain. The status quo has many implications. Whatever is happening there, the government He should stop everything immediately and tell the court through his lawyer what is being done there. "

At the same time, the Maharashtra government's lawyer says that this order is only to stop the felling of trees and the rest of the work will continue.

Nishant Kateshwarkar told the BBC, "It is not a stay but an order to maintain status quo, which is only to stop further felling of trees. That is, there will be no further cutting of trees, but there is an obstacle to any other work or do not stop."

Definition of forest

Rishabh Ranjan is currently preparing for October 21 when the next hearing on the case will be held.

He says, "We are preparing what we can do next without disturbing the petitions of the other petitioners. We will file another petition together with the other petitioners. We are looking at what the grounds are." Can. "

The Supreme Court has to decide whether the Aarey Colony area is a forest under the official definition.

If the court considers it to be a jungle, then it can also have an impact on the Mumbai Metro Rail Project.

Advocate Nishant Kateshwarkar explains, "On October 21, there will be a debate on the big issue and the decision will come whether Aare is a forest or not. The work will depend on the court's decision. If the court feels that it is a forest land then removing the car shed Will have to accept the order.

Answer of Prakash Javadekar

At the same time, the decision of the Supreme Court, happy Rishabh Ranjan and his colleagues hope that they will save the rest of the trees in the area.

Rishabh Ranjan says, "We are very happy with the court order and we hope that we will save the forest of Aare."

He says, "Nature will not see whether the saws are forest or not. She will not look at the technical tricks of the government. The sweet river will not see whether the government has considered it as a forest or not, it is considered as an environmentally sensitive area. Whether or not it is believed, it will bring floods. It will bring devastation. To stop it, the Supreme Court will have to take an unexpected decision, if it has to choose a new path. In very optimistic about October 21. "

Meanwhile, in Delhi, when Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar was asked about the saws trees, he unheard and said, "You asked the question, I have not heard, I will not answer any questions on the saws because the Supreme Court on this Has ordered

government policy

However, he definitely said that the policy of the government is to plant five trees instead of every tree cut down. He said, "Our policy is that if we cut a tree, then we plant five trees and ensure their growth."

As many trees as were necessary for the Mumbai Metro Rail project, they have been cut down. Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation says that in the last two years it has planted more than twenty four thousand trees and has made a balance with nature in its construction works.

But environmental activists opposing the cutting of saw trees say that the steps taken are inadequate and green trees should not be cut under any circumstances.

The controversy about the cutting of saw trees is currently stuck in this technical aspect whether the land of saws is forest or not.

What will happen next will depend on the decision of the Supreme Court.

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