IAS officer heading Mumbai Metro justifies cutting of Aarey trees, says sometimes ‘destruction becomes inevitable’


Mumbai Metro chief and IAS officer Ashwini Bhide has defended the government’s decision to cut trees in the city’s Aarey Colony saying that sometimes ‘new destruction becomes inevitable’ for ‘new creation.’

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Taking to Twitter, Bhide wrote, “Sometimes to construct something new destruction becomes inevitable but it also paves the way for new life and new creation.”

The felling of trees in the Aarey Colony has become a hugely controversial topic after some reports said that more than a thousand trees have already been cut. The Mumbai Police, which had ordered prohibitory orders in the area in a bid to stop protesters to gather, has reportedly arrested 29 people.

The government has defended its move to cut trees saying that this was required to clear the land for construction of Metro car shed. The felling of trees started on Friday, days after the Bombay High Court ruled that Aarey Colony area was not a forest.

The decision to cut trees in Aarey Colony has united the supporters and critics of the BJP government together with all condemning the move.

The Shiv Sena, which is a part of Maharashtra’s BJP-led government, has also opposed the decision to cut trees in Aarey.