The court asked the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) to file a reply on the petition.
Mumbai: The Bombay high court on Wednesday refused to grant stay to a petition seeking the same on cutting of trees in south Mumbai for the Metro-3 project. The petition has been posted for hearing on May 26, Friday. The court asked the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) to file a reply on the petition, filed by a Kunal Birwadkar, alleging that trees that were not supposed to be cut initially were cut irrespective.
Mr Birwadkar, alleged before the vacation bench of Justice Prakash Deu Naik and Justice Makrand Subhash Karnik that trees are being cut in Mumbai for Metro 3 project and in the process, even those trees which were not supposed to be cut are being felled. He sought stay till his plea is heard and decided. The Asian Age had approached MMRCL but did not receive reply on the issue.
It may be recalled that the HC had granted stay on cutting of trees following a PIL filed by residents of Churchgate, Hutatma Chowk and Cuff Parade alleging that 5000 trees were going to be cut for construction.