MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): In a bid to tackle the ongoing social media campaigns and criticism against the proposed Metro crashed inside Aarey Milk Colony, chief of Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) Ashwini Bhide has been actively engaging in the microblogging site- Twitter, defending the project and emphasizing the need of Metro in a city like Mumbai.
Bhide, as well as the Mumbai Metro 3– the official Twitter handle of MMRC has been regularly tweeting information, graphics as well as clarifications about everything related to Metro including court cases and accusations made by several environmentalists under #AareyAikaNa, which has now almost snowballed into an online campaign.
“There are total 3,691 trees in Metro-3 depot land. We will retain 1,045 trees. As per Tree Authority, approval 461 trees are to be transplanted and 2,185 are to be cut. Six times more trees mean 13110 trees to be newly planted. Please join us in planting them. #AareyAikaNa,” Bhide tweeted on September 8.
She even clarified that the plea to declare Aarey land as forest before Bombay High Court was dismissed on October 26, 2018, and special leave petition for the relocation of crashed to alternate locations including Kanjurmarg was dismissed by Supreme Court on April 15, 2019.
In another tweet she mentioned, “Some say that objection is to Metro crashed, NOT to Metro. The answer is that the Metro line cannot function without a crashed which is an integral part of the system.”
Using #AareyAikaNa, she even raised the issue of how the Mumbai city desperately needs enhancement of its rail-based public transport network. “Suburban railways carry 80 lakh passengers per day. Once Metro network is commissioned it would carry about 45 lakh people by 2031 and 1 crore people by 2041 as per MMRDA CTS,” was one of her tweets.
Taking on the environmentalists she even tweeted that ‘MCGM, Tree Authority has given the approval to cut 24472 trees from 2013 to 2017. 10074 trees among them to be cut and 14398 trees to be transplanted. What is their status? Has anyone heard any noise against it? Why now? Why so much?.”
As per Tree Authority, 461 trees are to be transplanted and 2,185 are to be felled Using #AareyAikaNa, the issue of how the city desperately needs enhancement of its rail-based public transport network was raised