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A Save Aarey campaigner organized a rally along with local adivasis on Monday to oppose Metro carshed and other development activities inside the Aarey Colony . The protesters said they were ready to go to jail to oppose the government's plan to destroy the green lung of the city .
“We will oppose the government proposal at any cost and are ready to go to jail.The proposal will destroy the green cover of the city and local tribes' habitat. We are bringing people living inside Aarey Colony with us,“ said environmentalist D Stalin.
of activists gathered near the proposed Metro carshed site on Monday morning. Some of them, including people living inside the Aarey , spoke about their concerns regarding the proposal. They planned to break into the cordoned-off site, but changed their plan last minute on police request. They displayed mock “last rites“ of wood outside the site, stating that the government was killing trees on the name of development.
While addressing the crowd, filmmaker and activist Ashoke Pandit said, “The government is not ready to understand our concern that trees work as barriers during natural calamities. By dest roying trees, the government is inviting nature's wrath.“
Others present at the rally said the battle had reached the final stages and they will put their best efforts to oppose the proposal.
Save Aarey activists intensifies their agitation after a recent notification from the Union ministry of environment, allowing IT hub and other conditional constructions in the Aarey Colony .They said the notification and the draft development plan are jointly trying to spoil Aarey greenery , instead of protecting it for citizens and future generation.
The draft DP is a blueprint of the city's development over the next 20 years and it has marked some portions of Aarey for Metro carshed and some others for rehabilitation and resettlement of encroachers and adivasis.
Activists said they had suggested five alternate sites for the carshed but the government refused to accept it.
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