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Petitioning Narendra Modi, national green tribunal, Supreme Court of India, Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, JICA India, JICA Tokyo, Aaditya Thackeray, Ram Nath Kovind, Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai’s climate and ecology in danger.

Mumbai, the city of dreams in India , while blessed with wealth is very poor in one aspect, Open spaces. The only relief this densely packed city has are, Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) and Aarey Forest. These lush green oases in a sea of grey, not only tackle pollution and floods but also help bring down temperatures. But unfortunately Mumbai stands to lose this forest due to various upcoming projects. The first of these, which will open up this green lung to commercialization, is a car shed for the upcoming Mumbai Metro 3, which is being funded by the Japanese company, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with 57% of the project cost , which is about  2,036 Million $.  A car shed is nothing but a parking lot and service area for metro trains. JICA Dear reader, in this day and age when the world is struggling with the devastating consequences of climate change, destroying a critical green lung for a parking lot is irresponsible. 3500 trees are set to be cut and we want the government to rethink the location of the car shed.There are many viable options, mentioned in their own studies, which have no environmental destruction involved.Experts from NEERI and IIT (Reputed organizations in India) have suggested 7 other alternate sites as  options.They have clearly warned of the consequences Mumbai will face in terms of flooding and loss of open space & wildlife, if the depot is built in Aarey forest.Government records show that Aarey is an integral part of Sanjay gandhi National Park and thus protected under forest laws. It has over 5 Lakh trees, it is home to 9 resident leopards and has a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. Even today, original adivasis (indigenous inhabitants of this area) live in 27 tribal hamlets in Aarey. It offers a unique experience for urban dwellers to experience nature at it's best. “In the name of development, only tribals suffer” said one of the leaders. The Save Aarey campaign has been requesting the government to relocate the carshed to an alternative location. Relocation will not affect the metro 3 alignment in any way. Common citizens from all walks of life, professionals, students, school children, celebrities have  supported this issue. Inspite of all this the state government is insistent on building the depot in Aarey. And to support this, they have given wrong information to JICA. The Mumbai Metro rail corporation Ltd.(MMRCL) has told JICA that the project site is located in city area and no wildlife is envisaged, while in reality, Aarey is a forest area , housing 76 species of birds, 80 species of butterflies , 16 species of mammals, 38 species of reptiles and 9 leopards, besides 0.4 million trees. By signing this petition, you are asking JICA to review the funding given to the project. According to JICA's environmental and social considerations, it should comment on the issue and By shifting the depot out of Aarey, Mumbai will not only get a metro but also retain its green, open space. And we are sure in consideration of its policies, JICA will also help in putting an end to further loss of land in Aarey to various other big and small projects. Help #SaveAareyForest.

Nirali Vaidya
728,359 supporters
Petitioning Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Manoj Kumar Jha, Arvind Kejriwal, Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Manish Tewari

Provide Food and Safe Transport to Stranded Migrants during COVID-19 Lockdown

"Should we eat mud and stones here in the city? It’s better that we go back to our villages. At least there we will get to eat roti with salt." These words by a migrant labourer interviewed on TV while he was walking hundreds of kilometres to his home shook me.  All of India is struggling for normalcy in this 21-day lockdown in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak. But the ones who are the hardest hit are the most vulnerable of us all: the migrant labourers, who work in big cities as daily wagers.  The lockdown means they’re out of work for the next 3 weeks. With no income they can’t afford food. Before the government could announce relief packages, lakhs of them with children in tow began heading back to their villages within and across state borders. On foot, as there is no public transport either. All they want is to get back safely to their homes in their village.Sign my petition asking the Central governments and state governments to coordinate a rescue and relief operation. This should include providing them  Safe transport to reach their villages Food and water camps along the route Doing so will require intense coordination across states, involving District Administrations. It is heartening to see that a few Chief Ministers have already begun reaching out to one another through social media. Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh (where I am from), Odisha, Jharkhand, Delhi, and Punjab are already coordinating among themselves. This rescue, relief and support operation needs to involve multiple states. Sign my petition to provide relief to stranded migrants immediately. This will be the best use of our access to social media, especially when we are unable to go out of our homes.If we don't raise our voices for these helpless Indians then who will?#HelpTheMigrants Image Credit: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Shirin S Khan and Sunita Kumari Changemakers
461,108 supporters
Petitioning Maneka Gandhi, JP Nadda, Satyendra Jain, Devendra Fadnavis, Mamata Banerjee, C. Laxma Reddy, Supriya Sule, Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra

Make it mandatory for all hospitals to declare number of Caesarean deliveries #SafeBirth

Caesarean deliveries have become a business. The hospitals and doctors are making money off unsuspecting women and pushing them towards surgical deliveries. Even though serious complications were not detected, I was cut open to deliver my baby. I wanted to have a natural birth but had to undergo a C-section as it was presented to be more ’scientific, modern and risk-free’. I was misled, manipulated, confused and my choice was overriden. For many of us, the right to informed-refusal or consent during childbirth is hardly an option either due to lack of awareness or the high-handed attitude of doctors. It was a long, painful, depressing recovery for me and when I looked into this issue, what I found was alarming. India’s C-section rate is growing exponentially. The fact that private hospitals have a much higher rate of C-sections than public hospitals has a direct correlation to the fact that surgical deliveries cost so much more than normal ones in these facilities. Recent studies show that C-sections lead to a higher risk of post-partum depression and lower breastfeeding rate in women and diseases like obesity and diabetes in children. Despite its adverse effects on maternal and child health, hospitals and doctors are indiscriminately conducting C-sections to make more money. To discourage this trend, women need to be made aware of the C-section rates of different hospitals and maternity homes, so that they can choose their hospitals carefully. That’s why I, with support of the NGO Birth India, started this petition asking the Women and Child Development ministry to issue an advisory to the Medical Council of India to Make it mandatory for all doctors and hospitals to declare the percentage of Caesarean delivery rates to patients. Conduct enquiry against those with abnormally high C-section rate. Frame clear guidelines for conducting Caesarean to safeguard the health and rights of women and children World Health Organisation (WHO) norms prescribe that C-section deliveries should be ideally 10-15 per cent of the total number of deliveries in the country. However, in urban Telengana, 74.8% of the private sector deliveries are by C-section and it is as high as 41% in Kerala and it is 58% in Tamil Nadu, according to a report by the ICMR School of Public Health. It is important that even women are made aware of the impact of Caesarean sections, which truly is an emergency recourse and not a routine medical procedure. The fact is that only 10% of births should be via C-section, however, in Indian private hospitals that rate is close to 50%. This is a serious health risk and the government has to take action NOW! Sign my petition and ask the Women and Child Development ministry to end this harmful practice by hospitals. Image Courtesy: abdn.ac.uk

Subarna Ghosh
391,822 supporters
Petitioning Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation Ministry of Jal Shakti, Iqbal Singh Chahal, Shri Dharmendra, IAS, Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Arvind Kejriwal, Randeep D

Stop Exposing Sanitation Workers through Open Bin Garbage Collection

I am absolutely sure you must have seen that decrepit, ugly garbage truck with garbage spilling on the road and the unbearable stench which you just can't shake off even if you splash perfume in your nostrils. Imagine, the sanitation workers who handle this garbage on a daily basis. The COVID 19 has shaken countries world over and brought the concept of Social Distancing. Today most of India is sitting at homes in lockdown condition, distancing from neighbours and friends. But sadly there is one aspect where the rules of distancing is not being followed. Yes, it is the very mundane and common activity, generally not noticed, not at all conspicuous and it is the activity of garbage collection.  Have I got your attention? So please read and sign this petition and share it with your friends.  The garbage collection in India is done in open bins wherein the sanitation workers collect the garbage from door to door. Then this garbage is transported in open trucks, many a times spilling a bit on the whole route taken by the vehicle. This is a surefire method of spreading the contamination while the whole nation is maintaining social distancing. Maybe the little bits of garbage here and there do not pose such a health hazard in normal conditions but during the COVID 19 pandemic, it poses a huge risk to all and most to the Sanitation Workers who are collecting the garbage, loading it on the trucks and driving those trucks. The problem is dire in high rise apartments where door to door collection of garbage is done by Sanitation Staff or House Keeping staff in large garbage tubs which are perfunctorily covered with lids. These garbage tubs are taken up and down in lifts and elevators and the sanitation workers are confined all this time in the closed space with the garbage effusing all kinds odours and germs. God forbid if there is COVID -19 in any of the garbage. Long time back, India banned open carriage of night soil by the sanitation workers from open latrines because it was a health hazard for the sanitation workers and the surrounding areas. Today with COVID -19, collection and carriage of garbage in open is a larger contamination hazard. Therefore all wet and dry garbage from homes be collected in sealed bio-degradable garbage disposal bags and then transported in sealed garbage transportation vehicles for final disposal in land fills or incineration. I request the Central Pollution Control Board to immediately put a stop to open bin collection and open truck transportation of garbage.    Let us drive away the ugliness from our roads and from the daily routine of the sanitation workers. Let us protect them and us not only from COVID -19 but all infectious diseases which may emerge in the future.

Sanjay Mohan
248,278 supporters
Petitioning Dr Harsh Vardhan, Shri Ashwini Kumar Chaubey, Ms. Kavita Singh, Ms. Preeti Sudan, Ms. Shanta Negi, Shri Manoj Jhalani, Sadaf Jafar, Veena George, Rajesh Tope, Shri. A. L. Hek, Office of the Chief M...

Ensure timely and increased Incentives and PPEs for ASHA Workers

Is the value of an ASHA worker just Rs33/day? Vardhini( name changed)  is an ASHA(Accredited Social Health Activist) worker from a rural district in Odisha. She delivers food, medicine, and emergency medicines to rural families. She also conducts door to door surveys and educates people about necessary precautions. She works tirelessly to render essential health services in the district despite being vulnerable from the corona outbreak. Sometimes she and her friends spend money from their own pockets to buy masks, gloves, sanitizers, etc as they don’t receive these essential protective gear from the government. But what does she get in return? A meager remuneration of approximately Rs 1000 for corona virus-related work. This amounts to a meager amount of  Rs 30-33/day.  Sometimes, there is a delay in receiving this incentive. And the monthly honorarium(wage) of Rs 2000 that she receives is inadequate for managing the expenses of her family. This is the plight of an ASHA worker in a single district. There are around 9 lakhs ASHA workers in India who are discharging their duties and working tirelessly for the wellbeing of the rural people. But in these dire circumstances of the corona pandemic, they are underpaid and overworked. The struggles of the ASHA workers have been overlooked by the government and there has been persistent institutional neglect towards their problems. Our Prime Minister recently announced an economic package to assist the economy and our workers. Since ASHA workers are a crucial interface between the community and the health system, I would want the following demands of ASHA workers to be taken into consideration: 1)      Increase in honorarium and incentives of ASHA workers 2)      Timely disbursement of incentives 3)      Adequate provision of masks, gloves, and PPE. Given, that we have expressed our gratitude to our frontline health workers, it’s time to express our gratitude to our real wonder-women as well. And the way to do that is through ensuring that their concerns get their much-needed recognition. Sign my petition asking the government to take Suo moto cognizance of the concerns of ASHA workers as they are not only contributing to our nation as health activists but play a vital role in ensuring the rural health mission runs smoothly.  Let's get together by signing and sharing this petition because  #ASHAkiAsha matters! (23/06/2021) UPDATE:  ASHA Workers across the country continue to be on strike asking for better incentives. Here are a few more demands of ASHA workers that require immediate attention.  - Defined and proper working hours- Recognition as government workers- Planned leaves Picture credits: The Indian Express

Afrin Shakeel
160,114 supporters
Petitioning Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra

Nagpur demands to bring back Mr Tukaram Mundhe

To,Hon'ble CM, Maharashtra State, Uddhav Thackeray You yourself have praised former NMC Commissioner, Mr Tukaram Mundhe on various occasions for his outstanding work towards the welfare of the citizens of Nagpur during the pandemic. You made it very clear that, CM stands firmly behind Mr Tukaram Mundhe then why did the things change, what kind of political pressure led to this transfer in the times of pandemic. People of Nagpur have various theories about his transfer, one being closely associated to politics, yes this might be true is what they think! In the last 6 months from March to August, when Mr Tukaram Mundhe was the commissioner, 720 deaths were 20,300 Covid positive patients were reported in city.  In last 25 days after his transfer the number has gone up, there are 1000 deaths and around 29,000 people have tested positive, an increase of 139% in death rate, while the number of positive patients increased by 288%. After Mr Mundhe left the city, the system has collapsed and the shopkeepers and the businessmen have been found to be violating the rules. The shops are now open till 9 pm. There are no sufficient beds in city available for patients, the private hospitals are demanding huge sums of amount, there is less manpower in NMC and the patients are succumbing to Covid-19 due to lack of ambulances.  Before, Mr Mundhe as a administer zero tolerance policy on fees charged by hospitals,but after his transfer situation get worst & rampant loot of hard-earned money began. In this alarming situation it is public demand to restore MrTukaram Mundhe as NMC commissioner again at least till situation gets better in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.  Nagpurkars have found the current administration too to be incompetent, in this case it is a general feeling that Nagpur needs Mr Tukaram Mundhe back, to curb the spread of coronavirus. 

Anonymous Observer
132,034 supporters
Petitioning Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Iqbal Chahal, Narendra Modi, Aaditya Thackeray

Save Our Coast - Develop Mumbai Responsibly

SAVE THE COAST - DEVELOP RESPONSIBLY The MCGM (BMC) has approved a plan to spend around Rs 12,700 crores on a 9.8 km coastal road, from Princess Street Flyover to the Worli Sea-Link.  At over Rs 1200 crores per km, it will be the most expensive road ever built in India! The cost has more than doubled from the original estimates, perhaps due to the plan to reclaim 170 acres of land along the coast. At a time when Government of Maharashtra is urgently seeking Rs 8000 crores from the Centre for drought relief in the State, and when the BMC cannot spare a few hundred crores required to upgrade the BEST Bus fleet, there is no excuse for the waste of public funds on the pretext of improving traffic woes. The Coastal Road in its current state creates more problems than it solves and the citizens of Mumbai have come together to question this colossal waste of public funds and ask for a complete cessation of work on the Mumbai Coastal Road Project till we are made aware of the true facts for the following reasons: 1. BMC has admitted that the final alignment for the tunnel and the road are not yet available to share with the public. No work should be carried out before a public hearing is held. This is a statutory requirement under the MRTP Act. 2. The Environmental Impact Assessment Report of this revised alignment, including climate change issues, rising sea levels, disaster management, storm water management, sewage management and measures of mitigation need to be shared with all stakeholders including the public. The MCGM has also agreed in public interactions that the current construction is generating pollution levels in excess of what is permissible in the N.O.Cs received by the corporation. 3. The city of Mumbai floods every year leading to loss of life and property. The proposed reclamation will be a dam that will block storm drainage and will close natural edge drainage, creating even more dangerous flooding in the city. The Mithi River disaster is a case in point. 4. A fundamental flaw is the lack of a Traffic Disbursal System to connect to the proposed Coastal Road. Without the proper disbursal roads, there will be traffic jams getting on and off the coastal road creating huge congestion in the already high traffic areas on the congested stretches of Bhulabhai Desai Road, NepeanSea Road, Haji Ali junction. Residents will be struck in traffic for hours after spending Rs 12700 crores. 5. It is feared that proposed “green” spaces on the 170 acres of reclaimed land will be commercially developed or sold to private developers. This fear has worsened with the current amendment to the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ), which empowers the local body (in our case, the BMC) to give all permissions. In a city where real estate is one of the most expensive in the world, and where the MCGM itself earns thousands of crores annually by way of Development Premiums and Fungible FSI, the financial pressure to succumb to the builder lobby will be extremely high. 6. There is no system in place to prevent unauthorized encroachment on the proposed reclaimed land, since these vast reclaimed lands cannot be barricaded. With the nine existing illegal dwellings in the area, the danger that the encroachment will increase is a very real one. The proposed open spaces will be converted into massive unauthorized illegal enchroachments. 7. The Koli fishing community depends on crustaceans and shellfish that breed in the rocky inter tidal areas. The proposed reclamation will deprive them of their livelihood. 8. As the Government of Maharashtra does not have funds for this project, the MCGM is dipping into their reserve funds for the initial expenditure of Rs.1500 crores. There is no indication of how this project will be funded thereafter. Should the project commence and funds dry up, the partially completed project would constitute an environmental risk of disastrous proportions to the coastline. In view of the above, the Mumbai Coastal Road project is counter to the public interest and the citizens demand that work on the Coastal Road Project be stopped until we are given the opportunity to understand all aspects of the project including its intent, environmental issues, vehicular traffic, pedestrian movement, public transport, etc.   CITIZENS! THE COASTAL ROAD RECLAMATION PROJECT MUST BE INVESTIGATED · The project has started without the final plans and the legally required public hearing. · It poses a huge environmental risk for all futures generations. · Flooding and disasters due to reclamation and closure of natural edge drainage. · No thought has been given to traffic management, which is critical. · It is a massive real-estate development project in disguise. · Loss of livelihoods for Koli community. · Fiscal waste and creation of debt trap. It diverts massive funds, which, instead, should be better spent on improving the city’s bus and rail transport. · Feared that proposed green belt will be converted into illegal encroachment belt.   SAVE THE COAST - DEVELOP RESPONSIBLY COMMITTEE contact details: saveourcoast2019@gmail.com  Signed: Cyrus Guzder Bittu Sehgal Susiieben Shah Rahul Kadri Ritu Desai Jai Sisodia Zia Sud Dinyar Madon Cushru Shroff Dilip Gondalia Mamta Mangaldas Radhika Sabavala Nayantara Sabavala Sooni Taraporewala Neerja Shah Nasreen Fazalbhoy              

Save Our Coast 2019
107,977 supporters
Save Aarey Forest: The last Green Lungs of Mumbai

From the Chief Minister’s Office, Maharashtra Mumbaikars would be happy to note that the Maharashtra government has on 11th October, declared an 808-acre parcel of Aarey land near the Sanjay Gandhi National Park as a reserve forest. This decision is an acknowledgement and recognition of the concerns of citizens who had campaigned to save Aarey, an area which serves as Mumbai’s lungs. People’s participation in the sustainable development of Maharashtra has always been sacrosanct to the vision and mission of the government of Maharashtra. You will also be happy to note that the car shed will now be moved to Kanjurmarg from Aarey and the state government will provide the required land for “zero rupees” and the authorities have been instructed to begin work. As citizens and environmentalists who took to the streets to protest against the tree felling that was carried out at night, and were booked for protesting against the devious act, you would be happy to note that the Cabinet has approved of withdrawing the charges filed against them. The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray has directed the Home Department to start the procedure for the same. The decision should also resolve the fears expressed in the Change.org petition initiated by Mr. Navjyot Bandiwadekar and backed by thousands of citizens, seeking a halt to the cutting of several hundred trees in the Aarey forest area. It is the sustained campaign of people around the world, championing the cause of the environment in Mumbai that brought the issue into focus and enabled the MVA state government to take decisive steps. This state government is committed to sustainable development and to conserving the unique flora and fauna in the metropolis in their natural habitat. This decision of the Maharashtra government to preserve 808 acres near SGNP as a reserve forest will make it the first of its kind initiative anywhere in the world, in which a vast forest will be grown in the heart of a metropolis. The state government will not rest with just conserving Mumbai’s urban flora. Directives have been given to ensure that while deciding on the reserved forest area, the rights of the tribal community, as well as others concerned, should be held sacrosanct. This decision will protect Sanjay Gandhi National Park and the forest resources in Aarey and meet the long standing demand of concerned citizens. The state government is committed to work together with citizens to ensure sustainable development, and build a Maharashtra that our future generations deserve.

9 months ago
Save Aarey Forest

From the Chief Minister’s Office, Maharashtra Mumbaikars would be happy to note that the Maharashtra government has on 11th October, declared an 808-acre parcel of Aarey land near the Sanjay Gandhi National Park as a reserve forest. This decision is an acknowledgement and recognition of the concerns of citizens who had campaigned to save Aarey, an area which serves as Mumbai’s lungs. People’s participation in the sustainable development of Maharashtra has always been sacrosanct to the vision and mission of the government of Maharashtra. You will also be happy to note that the car shed will now be moved to Kanjurmarg from Aarey and the state government will provide the required land for “zero rupees” and the authorities have been instructed to begin work. As citizens and environmentalists who took to the streets to protest against the tree felling that was carried out at night, and were booked for protesting against the devious act, you would be happy to note that the Cabinet has approved of withdrawing the charges filed against them. The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray has directed the Home Department to start the procedure for the same. The decision should also resolve the fears expressed in the Change.org petition initiated by Ms. Vandana Bhagat and backed by over 4,62,000 citizens, seeking a halt to the cutting of several hundred trees in the Aarey forest area. It is the sustained campaign of people around the world, championing the cause of the environment in Mumbai that brought the issue into focus and enabled the MVA state government to take decisive steps. This state government is committed to sustainable development and to conserving the unique flora and fauna in the metropolis in their natural habitat. This decision of the Maharashtra government to preserve 808 acres near SGNP as a reserve forest will make it the first of its kind initiative anywhere in the world, in which a vast forest will be grown in the heart of a metropolis. The state government will not rest with just conserving Mumbai’s urban flora. Directives have been given to ensure that while deciding on the reserved forest area, the rights of the tribal community, as well as others concerned, should be held sacrosanct. This decision will protect Sanjay Gandhi National Park and the forest resources in Aarey and meet the long standing demand of concerned citizens. The state government is committed to work together with citizens to ensure sustainable development, and build a Maharashtra that our future generations deserve.

9 months ago
Urgently stop cutting of trees inside Mumbais aarey milk colony

From the Chief Minister’s Office, Maharashtra Mumbaikars would be happy to note that the Maharashtra government has on 11th October, declared an 808-acre parcel of Aarey land near the Sanjay Gandhi National Park as a reserve forest. This decision is an acknowledgement and recognition of the concerns of citizens who had campaigned to save Aarey, an area which serves as Mumbai’s lungs. People’s participation in the sustainable development of Maharashtra has always been sacrosanct to the vision and mission of the government of Maharashtra. You will also be happy to note that the car shed will now be moved to Kanjurmarg from Aarey and the state government will provide the required land for “zero rupees” and the authorities have been instructed to begin work. As citizens and environmentalists who took to the streets to protest against the tree felling that was carried out at night, and were booked for protesting against the devious act, you would be happy to note that the Cabinet has approved of withdrawing the charges filed against them. The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray has directed the Home Department to start the procedure for the same. The decision should also resolve the fears expressed in the Change.org petition initiated by Mr. Rizwan Ashraffi and backed by over 87,000 citizens, seeking a halt to the cutting of several hundred trees in the Aarey forest area. It is the sustained campaign of people around the world, championing the cause of the environment in Mumbai that brought the issue into focus and enabled the MVA state government to take decisive steps. This state government is committed to sustainable development and to conserving the unique flora and fauna in the metropolis in their natural habitat. This decision of the Maharashtra government to preserve 808 acres near SGNP as a reserve forest will make it the first of its kind initiative anywhere in the world, in which a vast forest will be grown in the heart of a metropolis. The state government will not rest with just conserving Mumbai’s urban flora. Directives have been given to ensure that while deciding on the reserved forest area, the rights of the tribal community, as well as others concerned, should be held sacrosanct. This decision will protect Sanjay Gandhi National Park and the forest resources in Aarey and meet the long standing demand of concerned citizens. The state government is committed to work together with citizens to ensure sustainable development, and build a Maharashtra that our future generations deserve.

9 months ago
Petition to save Aarey Forest often termed as Lungs of Mumbai

From the Chief Minister’s Office, Maharashtra Mumbaikars would be happy to note that the Maharashtra government has on 11th October, declared an 808-acre parcel of Aarey land near the Sanjay Gandhi National Park as a reserve forest. This decision is an acknowledgement and recognition of the concerns of citizens who had campaigned to save Aarey, an area which serves as Mumbai’s lungs. People’s participation in the sustainable development of Maharashtra has always been sacrosanct to the vision and mission of the government of Maharashtra. You will also be happy to note that the car shed will now be moved to Kanjurmarg from Aarey and the state government will provide the required land for “zero rupees” and the authorities have been instructed to begin work. As citizens and environmentalists who took to the streets to protest against the tree felling that was carried out at night, and were booked for protesting against the devious act, you would be happy to note that the Cabinet has approved of withdrawing the charges filed against them. The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray has directed the Home Department to start the procedure for the same. The decision should also resolve the fears expressed in the Change.org petition initiated by Mr Sourabh Jha, and backed by thousands of citizens, seeking a halt to the cutting of several hundred trees in the Aarey forest area. It is the sustained campaign of people around the world, championing the cause of the environment in Mumbai that brought the issue into focus and enabled the MVA state government to take decisive steps. This state government is committed to sustainable development and to conserving the unique flora and fauna in the metropolis in their natural habitat. This decision of the Maharashtra government to preserve 808 acres near SGNP as a reserve forest will make it the first of its kind initiative anywhere in the world, in which a vast forest will be grown in the heart of a metropolis. The state government will not rest with just conserving Mumbai’s urban flora. Directives have been given to ensure that while deciding on the reserved forest area, the rights of the tribal community, as well as others concerned, should be held sacrosanct. This decision will protect Sanjay Gandhi National Park and the forest resources in Aarey and meet the long standing demand of concerned citizens. The state government is committed to work together with citizens to ensure sustainable development, and build a Maharashtra that our future generations deserve.

9 months ago
you can make a change and save Aarey along with our lives

From the Chief Minister’s Office, Maharashtra Mumbaikars would be happy to note that the Maharashtra government has on 11th October, declared an 808-acre parcel of Aarey land near the Sanjay Gandhi National Park as a reserve forest. This decision is an acknowledgement and recognition of the concerns of citizens who had campaigned to save Aarey, an area which serves as Mumbai’s lungs. People’s participation in the sustainable development of Maharashtra has always been sacrosanct to the vision and mission of the government of Maharashtra. You will also be happy to note that the car shed will now be moved to Kanjurmarg from Aarey and the state government will provide the required land for “zero rupees” and the authorities have been instructed to begin work. As citizens and environmentalists who took to the streets to protest against the tree felling that was carried out at night, and were booked for protesting against the devious act, you would be happy to note that the Cabinet has approved of withdrawing the charges filed against them. The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray has directed the Home Department to start the procedure for the same. The decision should also resolve the fears expressed in the Change.org petition initiated by the Rotaract Club of Narsee Monjee College, and backed by over 91,000 citizens, seeking a halt to the cutting of several hundred trees in the Aarey forest area. It is the sustained campaign of people around the world, championing the cause of the environment in Mumbai that brought the issue into focus and enabled the MVA state government to take decisive steps. This state government is committed to sustainable development and to conserving the unique flora and fauna in the metropolis in their natural habitat. This decision of the Maharashtra government to preserve 808 acres near SGNP as a reserve forest will make it the first of its kind initiative anywhere in the world, in which a vast forest will be grown in the heart of a metropolis. The state government will not rest with just conserving Mumbai’s urban flora. Directives have been given to ensure that while deciding on the reserved forest area, the rights of the tribal community, as well as others concerned, should be held sacrosanct. This decision will protect Sanjay Gandhi National Park and the forest resources in Aarey and meet the long standing demand of concerned citizens. The state government is committed to work together with citizens to ensure sustainable development, and build a Maharashtra that our future generations deserve.

9 months ago
The land being shifted is barely 6 acres, the larger issues still remain

From the Chief Minister’s Office, Maharashtra Mumbaikars would be happy to note that the Maharashtra government has on 11th October, declared an 808-acre parcel of Aarey land near the Sanjay Gandhi National Park as a reserve forest. This decision is an acknowledgement and recognition of the concerns of citizens who had campaigned to save Aarey, an area which serves as Mumbai’s lungs. People’s participation in the sustainable development of Maharashtra has always been sacrosanct to the vision and mission of the government of Maharashtra. You will also be happy to note that the car shed will now be moved to Kanjurmarg from Aarey and the state government will provide the required land for “zero rupees” and the authorities have been instructed to begin work. As citizens and environmentalists who took to the streets to protest against the tree felling that was carried out at night, and were booked for protesting against the devious act, you would be happy to note that the Cabinet has approved of withdrawing the charges filed against them. The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray has directed the Home Department to start the procedure for the same. The decision should also resolve the fears expressed in the Change.org petition initiated by Taoveda Dimensions NGO, and backed by over thousands of citizens, seeking a halt to the cutting of several hundred trees in the Aarey forest area. It is the sustained campaign of people around the world, championing the cause of the environment in Mumbai that brought the issue into focus and enabled the MVA state government to take decisive steps. This state government is committed to sustainable development and to conserving the unique flora and fauna in the metropolis in their natural habitat. This decision of the Maharashtra government to preserve 808 acres near SGNP as a reserve forest will make it the first of its kind initiative anywhere in the world, in which a vast forest will be grown in the heart of a metropolis. The state government will not rest with just conserving Mumbai’s urban flora. Directives have been given to ensure that while deciding on the reserved forest area, the rights of the tribal community, as well as others concerned, should be held sacrosanct. This decision will protect Sanjay Gandhi National Park and the forest resources in Aarey and meet the long standing demand of concerned citizens. The state government is committed to work together with citizens to ensure sustainable development, and build a Maharashtra that our future generations deserve.

9 months ago
Save 2702 trees, Save Mumbai-Aareybachao

From the Chief Minister’s Office, Maharashtra Mumbaikars would be happy to note that the Maharashtra government has on 11th October, declared an 808-acre parcel of Aarey land near the Sanjay Gandhi National Park as a reserve forest. This decision is an acknowledgement and recognition of the concerns of citizens who had campaigned to save Aarey, an area which serves as Mumbai’s lungs. People’s participation in the sustainable development of Maharashtra has always been sacrosanct to the vision and mission of the government of Maharashtra. You will also be happy to note that the car shed will now be moved to Kanjurmarg from Aarey and the state government will provide the required land for “zero rupees” and the authorities have been instructed to begin work. As citizens and environmentalists who took to the streets to protest against the tree felling that was carried out at night, and were booked for protesting against the devious act, you would be happy to note that the Cabinet has approved of withdrawing the charges filed against them. The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray has directed the Home Department to start the procedure for the same. The decision should also resolve the fears expressed in the Change.org petition initiated by Ms. Priyanka Kadam and backed by thousands of citizens, seeking a halt to the cutting of several hundred trees in the Aarey forest area. It is the sustained campaign of people around the world, championing the cause of the environment in Mumbai that brought the issue into focus and enabled the MVA state government to take decisive steps. This state government is committed to sustainable development and to conserving the unique flora and fauna in the metropolis in their natural habitat. This decision of the Maharashtra government to preserve 808 acres near SGNP as a reserve forest will make it the first of its kind initiative anywhere in the world, in which a vast forest will be grown in the heart of a metropolis. The state government will not rest with just conserving Mumbai’s urban flora. Directives have been given to ensure that while deciding on the reserved forest area, the rights of the tribal community, as well as others concerned, should be held sacrosanct. This decision will protect Sanjay Gandhi National Park and the forest resources in Aarey and meet the long standing demand of concerned citizens. The state government is committed to work together with citizens to ensure sustainable development, and build a Maharashtra that our future generations deserve.

9 months ago
Mumbai’s climate and ecology in danger.

From the Chief Minister’s Office, Maharashtra Mumbaikars would be happy to note that the Maharashtra government has on 11th October, declared an 808-acre parcel of Aarey land near the Sanjay Gandhi National Park as a reserve forest. This decision is an acknowledgement and recognition of the concerns of citizens who had campaigned to save Aarey, an area which serves as Mumbai’s lungs. People’s participation in the sustainable development of Maharashtra has always been sacrosanct to the vision and mission of the government of Maharashtra. You will also be happy to note that the car shed will now be moved to Kanjurmarg from Aarey and the state government will provide the required land for “zero rupees” and the authorities have been instructed to begin work. As citizens and environmentalists who took to the streets to protest against the tree felling that was carried out at night, and were booked for protesting against the devious act, you would be happy to note that the Cabinet has approved of withdrawing the charges filed against them. The Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray has directed the Home Department to start the procedure for the same. The decision should also resolve the fears expressed in the Change.org petition initiated by Ms. Nirali Vaidya and backed by over 7 lakh citizens, seeking a halt to the cutting of several hundred trees in the Aarey forest area. It is the sustained campaign of people around the world, championing the cause of the environment in Mumbai that brought the issue into focus and enabled the MVA state government to take decisive steps. This state government is committed to sustainable development and to conserving the unique flora and fauna in the metropolis in their natural habitat. This decision of the Maharashtra government to preserve 808 acres near SGNP as a reserve forest will make it the first of its kind initiative anywhere in the world, in which a vast forest will be grown in the heart of a metropolis. The state government will not rest with just conserving Mumbai’s urban flora. Directives have been given to ensure that while deciding on the reserved forest area, the rights of the tribal community, as well as others concerned, should be held sacrosanct. This decision will protect Sanjay Gandhi National Park and the forest resources in Aarey and meet the long standing demand of concerned citizens. The state government is committed to work together with citizens to ensure sustainable development, and build a Maharashtra that our future generations deserve.

9 months ago
Save Western ghats, Cancel destructive projects! #SaveWesternGhats

From the Chief Minister's office, Maharashtra The Western Ghats are a national ecological treasure. The state of Maharashtra is proud to host a large portion of this natural wealth within its borders and is committed to preserving its pristine glory. Chief Minister Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray recently came across this petition that has requested the state government of Maharashtra to focus on the preservation of the Western Ghats. Citizens and petitioners will be pleased to know that the government had already started detailed discussions regarding the conservation of the biodiversity in the Western Ghats. The Chief Minister is personally keen and committed towards taking the necessary steps to protect and preserve the flora and fauna of the Western Ghats. A thorough survey will be conducted soon by the respective departments in the state government, to learn about the non-forestry activities in the region. Officials have been asked to submit a report with detailed insights, post which the final decision will be taken, especially with a view to cover maximum area under the eco sensitive zone. Besides this, instructions have been issued to ensure safe rehabilitation of villages, marked under the corridors specified for animal activities. The state government will also ensure that the communication is shared with the union government and officials are informed to take a passionate view in favour of protecting the flora and fauna of the Western Ghats. The state government has consistently taken steps to ensure that development in Maharashtra does not carry any environmental cost. It stays committed to preserving biodiversity of the Western Ghats and its ecological heritage, along with that of the entire state of Maharashtra. Thank you

10 months ago