Maharashtra government declared a 600-acre land in Aarey as forest.



October 2020

Through a video conference, CM Uddhav Thackeray declared that the contentious Metro car shed, part of the underground Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro, will be moved to a location in Kanjurmarg from Aarey Colony. The announcement puts an end to years of uncertainty around the relocation of the car shed, that activists and citizens had been gunning for to preserve Mumbai's remaining green lung. Thackeray also added that the land, owned by the state, would be provided for the project at zero cost. The area declared as a forest in Aarey was also increased to 800 acres, from the previously-announced 600 acres.

September 2, 2020

the Maharashtra government declared that a 600-acre land in Aarey would be reserved, and subsequently conserved, as a forest. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that it would be the first instance of a "huge jungle" being conserved at the centre of a megapolis.

November 2019

One month after 2100 trees were cut in the dead of night in Aarey, following a Bombay High Court order, we started a new campaign asking for the entire Aarey area to be declared a reserve forest. No zoo, no Metro Bhavan, no new construction.

July 2019

Over 75,000 citizens used our platform to send an email to the BMC against the cutting of the trees at Aarey Forest. We brought you updates from the public hearing organised in Bandra, Mumbai, where MMRCL officials left midway after citizen uproar.

We also organised tweet storms for #SaveAarey that saw participation from thousands of citizens.

October 2018

We started an email campaign that enabled citizens to send in their objections to the tree cutting to the BMC in a simple one-click format. Jhatkaa.org's Shikha Kumar was present at the public hearing along with thousands of Mumbaikars and delivered the petition to the officials.

May 2018

Jhatkaa.org's Executive Director and Trustee Avijit Michael was arrested on charges of "obstructing a public servant (then MMRCL chief Ashwini Bhide) from doing their duty". We witnessed overwhelming support from citizens following this.



February 2018

Within two months, and a viral missed call campaign, the petition had garnered over 2.5 lakh signatures. We also initiated a call campaign directed at then Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, District Collector Deependra Singh, and then MMRCL chief, Ashwini Bhide, on their official numbers. Hundreds of citizens called. The CM’s office turned off their official phone numbers. An overwhelming number of citizens who participated in a survey we ran voted in favour of calling these officials and holding them accountable for answers.

December 2017

We started a petition to Save Aarey , asking for the Metro car shed to be relocated.