In a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, the Maharashtra government has decided to invoke section 4 of the Indian Forest Act to declare 600 acres of the 3000 acres of Aarey Milk Colony as a reserve forest. The decision shall be open for objections and suggestions from the public for a period of 45 days.
The 600 Acre land near the Sanjay Gandhi National Park shall not include the area determined to be the Car shed for the 33.5-km-long underground Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro line 1 corridor.
The Aarey Milk Colony was established in 1949 and is part of the western suburb known as Goregaon. It houses 27 tribe hamlets with a population of 10,000 adivasis.
Since October 2019, the area determined for the car shed has been a cause for public uproar following the felling of 2000 trees. Environment Minister, Aaditya Thackeray had also voiced his opposition. The development of the car depot has been stayed and a panel had been appointed to study the nuances and impact of the project