The Bombay excessive court docket has restrained the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) from felling 23 timber for the Airoli to Katai Naka freeway except it vegetation 115 saplings as per the report of the Tree Authority, Thane. MMRDA knowledgeable the court docket that it had complied with the obligatory compensatory plantation of timber and therefore must be permitted to fell the timber. However, the court docket mentioned that because the TA had beneficial plantation of 115 extra saplings and recognized the spot for a similar, MMRDA would have the ability to perform the felling solely after planting the 115 saplings.
A bench of chief justice Dipankar Datta and justice N J Jamadar whereas listening to an interim utility filed by the MMRDA in public curiosity litigation filed by tree activist Rohit Joshi was knowledgeable by advocate Saket Mone together with advocate Subit Chakrabarty showing for MMRDA that on June 12, 2020, the HC had permitted MMRDA to transplant 69 timber and fell 23 timber for the freeway.
The bench had directed the MMRDA to do the transplantation underneath the supervision of the Tree Authority, Thane. The website supervision was undertaken by all stakeholders together with the petitioner and on June 26, 2020, the TA submitted a report back to the HC expressing satisfaction on the proposed website for transplantation and compensatory plantation. It additionally submitted that the MMRDA has to plant 115 saplings for the 23 timber they proposed to fell aside from the 69 timber that have been to be transplanted.
On Friday, when MMRDA submitted that it had accomplished the compensatory plantation and must be permitted to fell 23 timber, the bench referred to the TA report and directed that even when MMRDA had already planted saplings they must plant extra 115 saplings within the recognized website and solely then would they be permitted to fell the 23 timber.