Maharashtra government declared a 600-acre land in Aarey as forest.
October 2020Through 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, 2020the 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 2019One 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 2019Over 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.