Maharashtra: 600-acre Aarey land close to nationwide park earmarked as forest

Mumbai, September 3

The Maharashtra authorities has determined to order 600-acre Aarey land close to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) in suburban Mumbai as a forest and preserve the identical.

The choice was taken throughout a gathering on Wednesday. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who chaired the assembly, mentioned the forest can be the primary instance of a “huge jungle” being conserved on the centre of a megapolis, an official assertion mentioned.

Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray, Forest Minister Sanjay Rathod, Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde, Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar and others had been current for the assembly, the assertion mentioned.

The Chief Minister instructed throughout the assembly to safeguard the rights of adivasis (tribals) whereas the world is reserved as forest.

The space to be excluded from the forest shall be ascertained after searching for options and objections from residents, the assertion mentioned.

Constructions of every type, roads, slums, adivasi pockets and authorities services shall be excluded from the primary section of the initiative, the assertion mentioned.

The slums throughout the space shall be rehabilitated instantly, the assertion mentioned.

In a collection of tweets after the assembly, Aaditya Thackeray mentioned, Approx 600 acres of open land being declared as forest whereas all rights of Adivasi communities will stand protected.

“Rehabilitation of slums throughout the space can be expedited. This wld be section 1 for which the Forest Dept will transfer a proposal.

Phase-2 survey for added open/forest land in Aarey, publish Phase 1 will start quickly.

“This would assist the State defend the flora & fauna existent in SGNP and Aarey, Aaditya Thackeray added.

The forested Aarey Colony in suburban Goregaon is a outstanding inexperienced lung of Mumbai. PTI

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