Is the economic development of developing countries more important than protecting the environment? Aarey Forest: A Conflict between development and Nature
Taking care of millions of people who are starving is more important than saving natural resources, most of which are renewable anyway. We cannot expect developing nations to share the green concerns of developed countries when they are faced with dire poverty and a constant battle for survival.
Aarey Colony is an area in Goregaon (East). They built it up as Aarey Milk Colony, in 1949, to reform the handling and promoting of dairy items in the city. It is a ‘Forest’ region, which starts in Powai and goes right till Western Express Highway, Goregaon. The foundation of Aarey dairy prompted patches of backwoods terrains being changed over to meadows and bogs. These incipient prairies and swamps upgraded the assortment of the untamed life of the woodland.
We know Aarey forest for its enormous assortment of widely varied vegetation. It has 77 types of winged creatures, 34 types of wildflowers, 86 types of butterflies, 13 types of creatures of land and water, 46 types of reptiles, 16 types of warm-blooded animals and 90 unique sorts of arachnids. We have found here a few newfound types of scorpions and arachnids. Two of these are even named after Aarey-Heterophrictus aareyeneis (tarantula) and Lychas aareyensis (scorpion). Regardless of the huge assortment of natural life, the panthers are the most renowned inhabitants of Aarey. Any formative action could imperil the various species, particularly the ones one of a kind to Aarey.
Aarey is home to the previously mentioned plants and creatures and to 27 ancestral networks. These clans face a consistent weight of migrating from their homes.
Today, Aarey has a significant concern. 2700 trees are being cut, in a 33-hectare region, for the development of a vehicle shed for Mumbai metro line 3 (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ).
Reason behind clearing Aarey forest
A car shed for Mumbai Metro-3 is the reason behind deforestation. It is the demand of public that Aarey forest should be left alone, and that Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) consider alternate locations for the metro car shed.
A month after their public hearing, the BMC’s Tree Authority is set to defer Mumbai Metro’s proposal to cut 2,702 trees in Aarey Colony. While the decision to cut these trees has not been scrapped altogether, this is a big milestone for Mumbai’s citizens.
For over three years now, earthy people from different associations, alongside activists, understudies and residents, have been setting up an intense battle to ensure Aarey forest and defend our future. They have banned these green crusaders from entering the area where the work for the metro vehicle shed has just started. Over 100 trees have been axed.
An air quality estimation by System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) saw Mumbai’s Air Quality Index as at 244 (‘poor’) – higher even than Delhi which tumbled from 204 to 183 (‘moderate’). Truth be told, PM2.5 levels in Mumbai, recorded at 109, were double as far as possible.
Green spread in urban communities can help handle rising air contamination – The Nature Conservancy’s investigation reports how urban trees can evacuate up to a fourth of PM contamination inside two meters, and can even capacity as an obstruction for neighborhood inhabitants, sifting terrible air.
At the point when government authorities and natives everywhere throughout the world are putting resources into tree ranch drives to handle air contamination and environmental change, MMRCL is resolved to fell a huge number of trees for a metro vehicle shed. Aarey Forest: A Conflict between development and Nature.
Aarey woodland is a piece of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, and supports its very own whole environment, with rich biodiversity. A biological system like this takes many years to develop, and can’t be re-planted overnight.
We are not against the development of the metro in Mumbai, however, an environmentally touchy region like Aarey timberland, which capacities are the biggest common air purifier for the city, can’t be cleared for the metro vehicle shed. There are a lot of non-private, and mechanical areas for the metro vehicle shed to be built – not at the expense of Mumbai’s lungs. The MMRCL proceeded without trusting that the National Green Tribunal will pass its decision on proclaiming Aarey as a woodland.
On the off chance that enough individuals loan their voice to our battle for clean air, we can put weight on they have banned these green crusaders
Aarey Forest: A Conflict between development and Nature.
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar backs cutting of trees at Aarey forest
During progressing open challenges against the cutting of trees at Aarey Colony in Mumbai, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday supported the proposed metro shed in Aarey woods territory and said that development and environment protection should be done together.
Drawing parallels between the improvement of Delhi metro and Mumbai metro he stated, “The High Court has decided that Aarey is definitely not a woodland. Metro came to Delhi, now today it is the best metro over the world. How can it create? At the point when the primary metro station was built, 20-25 trees were chopped down. Individuals at that point challenged it,”.
“Yet, the metro has planted 5 trees for every tree that it has brought down. There are 271 stations. Woodland covert region has expanded in Delhi. 30 lakh individuals are using the metro as an open vehicle. This is the mantra of advancement and securing the earth. Both ought to go together,” the BJP leader said.
Union Minister of Environment Prakash Javadekar on #AareyForest: Bombay HC has ruled that it's not a forest. When the first Delhi metro station was to be constructed, 20-25 trees were to be cut, people had protested then too, but for each tree cut, five trees were planted. pic.twitter.com/pCAUuBFmAb— ANI (@ANI) October 5, 2019