According to reports, Eknath Shinde has overturned the decision made by the Uddhav Thackeray-led administration over the metro car shed project in Mumbai. The metro vehicle shed will be constructed at Mumbai’s Aarey neighbourhood by the new Maharashtra government.
According to reports, the newly appointed Maharashtra CM instructed Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni to testify in court that the Metro car shed will be built at Aarey Colony as planned in 2019 under the Devendra Fadnavis government, sources noted.
Notably, when the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation requested the approval of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to cut down trees at Aarey Colony in 2019, the Metro Car shed project sparked protests in Mumbai from environmental groups.
After the BMC granted the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation approval for the same, protests broke out. Devendra Fadnavis, who was the chief minister at the time, said that the “area proposed for the Metro vehicle shed is not classed as biodiversity or forest land” and that “constructing the Metro will assist towards decreasing carbon foot.”
“We preserve trees in order to lessen our carbon footprint. We must thus comprehend how much the subterranean Metro would lower our carbon impact “Fadnavis stated.
When Thackeray became the new chief minister in 2019, he put an end to the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz metro 3 corridor’s development and set up a committee to explore for alternate properties. Then, Aarey colony was declared a protected forest by his administration.
The Metro vehicle shed was relocated to Kanjurmarg after the Uddhav Thackeray-led administration took office. After that, the BJP-led Central government appealed the judgement to the Bombay High Court in 2020, saying that the disputed area belonged to its Salt department.
The Metro Car Shed project has been stalled ever since.