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Supreme Court to hear Mumbai’s Aarey colony tree felling matter on November 24

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 The Supreme Court said that it will hear on Thursday the matter pertaining to the felling of trees at Mumbai’s Aarey Colony, the site for a metro car shed project.

A bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices Hima Kohli and JB Pardiwala took note of the submissions of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) that there was a need to fell 84 trees.

The law officer said to let the tree felling committee decide on the request of MMRCL on cutting of the tree and the decision would be dependent on the order of this court.

A senior advocate appearing for those opposed to felling of trees said they have also filed an interim plea. “We will deal with these two IAs (interim applications) tomorrow,” the bench said.

The MMRCL had on August 5 this year told the apex court that no trees have been cut in Aarey colony since October 2019.

On August 24, the top court had directed the MMRCL to strictly abide by its undertaking that no trees will be cut there and warned that any violation would result in strict action.

The counsel had said the work for the metro car shed is continuing, and as a result, the court may be presented with a fate accompli.

SC takes suo moto cognisance on letter petition

The apex court had in 2019 taken suo motu (on its own) cognisance of a letter petition addressed to the Chief Justice of India by law student Rishav Ranjan seeking a stay on the felling of trees in the colony.

The apex court had restrained the authorities from felling any more trees after the Solicitor General submitted on behalf of the State of Maharashtra that no further trees will be cut.

The felling of trees in the colony has been opposed by green activists and residents.

MVA decision to shift car shed overturned

In their first cabinet meeting held hours after coming to power, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his deputy Devendra Fadnavis had taken the first step towards overturning the previous Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government’s decision of relocating the proposed car shed project from Aarey Colony.

Incidentally, Thackeray, immediately after becoming the chief minister in November 2019, had announced a stay on the construction of the proposed project and later ordered it be shifted to Kanjurmarg.

The Bombay High Court in October 2019 refused to declare Aarey Colony a forest and declined to quash the Mumbai municipal corporation’s decision to allow felling of over 2,600 trees in the green zone to set up the metro car shed.

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Did Mumbai police impose curfew in city? Watch what Joint CP Vishwas Nangre Patil has to say

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The news about the Mumbai Police imposing curfew has been doing rounds on social media. However, the Mumbai police have clarified that it is a routine order. They have also made it clear that this is not a new order but the same order which is renewed every 15 days.

On December 2, several news reports claimed that the Mumbai police has issued an order under which it imposed a prohibition of the gathering of more than four-five people and banned the use of loudspeakers among other things till January 2.

Refuting the claims about the same, Vishwas Nangre Patil, Joint CP (Law & Order), in a video, explained how it is just a routine order renewed every 15 days, and appealed to all to not share it further. He informed that it is a routine procedure under the prohibitory orders under section 37 of the Maharashtra Police Act in Mumbai.

He stated that the order will change nothing for residents and that all the scheduled functions can be celebrated as per the plan. He stated that the order will largely affect those who will be involved in illegal protests and gatherings and not common residents. 

The video was shared by official handle of Mumbai Police with the caption, “Clarification on CRPC #144 The news of ‘curfew’ imposed in Mumbai is doing rounds of the Internet. Joint CP @vishwasnp (Law & Order) explains how it is just a routine order renewed every 15 days, and appeals all to not share it further.”

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On Camera: Fire engulfs apartment in Malad high-rise, no injuries reported so far

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On Saturday morning, a massive fire broke out on the third level of the 21-story skyscraper Marina Enclave in Janakalyan Nagar, Malad in Mumbai.

The blaze erupted in the flat located on the third floor of the high rise building in Malad around 11 am.

At least four fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the fire was doused within 15 minutes, he said, adding that nobody was injured in the incident.

The cause of the fire is being ascertained and further details are awaited, he said.After the entire floor was engulfed in flames, some people on the floor were seen coming to the balcony and calling for help. With the help of locals, the people caught in the fire were brought out safely.

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Mumbai: Will schools, colleges remain closed due to section 144 across the city? Here’s what we know

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 With the Mumbai police imposing section 144 across the city as prohibitory orders due to reports of disruptions of public order and peace in the near future, posing a threat to human life and property, there has been concerns over what activities have been permitted and what haven’t been. 

Schools, colleges, and other educational institutions have also been considered by the Mumbai Police while releasing the diktat, which has been extended till January 2. 

It should be noted schools and colleges across Mumbai will not be impacted by the extension of section 144 across the city and will continue to function in accordance with their academic calendars. 

There have been no official notifications by the authorities or institutions regarding the closure of schools and colleges in the city so far. 

Vishal Thakur, Deputy Commissioner of Mission Department, Mumbai Police, issued the orders via press release .

  • Bursting and playing loudspeakers, instruments, bands and crackers
  • Any kind of processions are not permitted
  • Loudspeakers are not allowed at the processings
  • Processions on all kind of marriage ceremonies, funeral meetings, on the way to cemeteries, legal meetings of companies (at major scales), clubs, cooperative societies and other associations
  • Social gatherings, at mass level, around clubs, theatres or places of public entertainment film in or around any place, gathering for the purpose of watching plays or programmes, acts
  • Gatherings of people around courts and government offices and around local bodies performing government or semi-government functions, meeting for schools, colleges and other educational institutions for educational activities, factories, general business,
  • Meetings for business and solicitation in shops and establishments, demonstration of other gatherings and processions, those who are allowed have been expelled from this order by the divisional deputy commissioner of police and his monitoring officers.
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