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.’
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.”
Sometimes to construct something new destruction becomes inevitable but it also paves the way for new life and new creation. जीवन चक्र प्रवाही असते. ते एका ठिकाणी थांबत नाही. सृजनाची चाहूल पुन्हा पुन्हा लागत रहाते. नवीन पालवी फुटत रहाते. नवनिर्मिती होत रहाते. https://t.co/L6J1N57mhH
— Ashwini Bhide (@AshwiniBhide) October 6, 2019
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.
Stop your bullshit of standing with placards & posting pictures on social media. If you really care, you need to teach them a lesson by ‘cutting’ down their arrogance this time.
— Arnaz Hathiram (@ArnazHathiram) October 5, 2019
A genocide has been committed by the Govt. Of Maharashtra by destroying trees at #Aarey. Why this kind of #Emergency has been Imposed in and around Aarey. ? I condemn the arrests of activists & demand their immediate release. Let’s be prepared for the nature’s backlash. pic.twitter.com/C2VGITFLoX
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) October 6, 2019
They have cut the #Aarey forest trees.
They have cut our lifeline. #RIPAarey
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) October 5, 2019
How to kill ‘The Spirit of Mumbai’?
Well, first cut off its lungs..#Aarey
— Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) October 5, 2019
The Shiv Sena, which is a part of Maharashtra’s BJP-led government, has also opposed the decision to cut trees in Aarey.