It is easier to cut trees than evacuate people from an area stipulated for development, infrastructure or real estate projects, thanks to the trees lack of voice and resistance.
So is the situation awaiting the 3000-acre green cover of Aarey Milk Colony in the suburbs of Goregaon, which has been in constant peril of facing the axe, owing to various ambitious development projects.
Touted as the green lungs of Mumbai, Aarey is home to some of the oldest trees in the city. Identified as the site for Metro car shed in 2015, the plan included chopping down close to 3,500 trees to make way for the shed.
While the project has found large-scale resistance from the people in the city, nothing really has been able to put it on hold, except for a namesake stay order by the national green tribunal.
Taking inspiration from Chipko movement of 1973, Maati Baani, an indie music duo and seasoned actor, Piyush Mishra have come together to raise awareness amidst people to save the last green patch in the concrete jungles of Mumbai and fight for our trees before it is too late.
‘Chipko re’ is a wake-up call for the Mumbaikars to save Aarey before more high-rising buildings would be erected on foundations construed of dead carcasses of trees.