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Petition to Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, 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
730,512 supporters
Started 11 hours ago

Petition to Eknath Shinde, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra

Let's Unite to Save Aarey Forest Once Again

When I declared victory on my last petition, I was certain that we had saved 808 acres of the Aarey Forest as former Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray fulfilled his promise of shifting metro car shed out of Aarey and declaring it as reserved forest within just a year of commencing his office. That, however, is not the case any more, as within hours of swearing in, the new Maharashtra government has overturned the decision and directed the urban development department officials to bring a proposal for building the car shed at Aarey before the Cabinet. This only means that we need to sign and share this petition once again and continue our battle to save our Aarey forest. This petition is not against the Metro. The purpose of this petition is to stop metro car shed from being built inside Aarey forest and thereby save the only surviving green lungs of Mumbai. There are more options available which are technically feasible as endorsed by experts, environmental friendly, and more cost effective than building a car shed inside the forest. Instead of groundless arguments defending the decision to make car shed in a forest, the newly appointed government should honour the demands of citizens of Mumbai of clean & green city. I hope you will stand with us, raise your voice, and sign and share this petition!  _________ 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 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 #UniteToSaveAarey

Nirali Vaidya
730,512 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Shri Dharam Deo Rai, Shri Bhupender Yadav, Shri Narender Modi, Arvind Kejriwal, Dr. O.P. Chaudhary

Help free Shankar from decades of solitary confinement in the Delhi Zoo

Petition in other languages: Hindi , Italian, French Who is Shankar? In 1998, a 26 month-old male African elephant was presented as a diplomatic gift by Zimbabwe to India. He was named 'Shankar' after India’s 9th President Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma. Shankar, now over 26 years old, has lived his entire life in the Delhi zoo (National Zoological Park, NZP). Since 2001 when his sole companion Vambai passed away, Shankar has lived in solitary confinement.  Shankar's Physical and Mental Condition Shankar is chained for 17 hours of the day and does not have adequate space to move around when he is let out. Much like humans, elephants are social beings and suffer neurological distress when put in solitary confinement. Shankar constantly demonstrates stereotypical behaviour like swaying and head-bobbing, a key sign of distress (see video link). In fact, Shankar's aggressive behaviour has necessitated the zoo authorities to permanently close the viewing pathway since he could be a danger to visitors. In a response to our RTI in July 2021, the Delhi Zoo confirmed that not only has it made NO effort in the past, it has NO FUTURE PLANS to release Shankar to a sanctuary or any other location where he can have the companionship of other African elephants. This just fills us with sadness and despair for Shankar who is clearly in duress. If Shankar’s solitary captivity does not end immediately, he will meet the same fate as Vambai who died in the zoo. Our Demand We need the Delhi Zoo (NZP) to transfer Shankar to be released to a wildlife refuge or sanctuary where there are ample African elephants. The NZP director  has a unique opportunity to set an example to every other zoo in India and to the world so that not only Shankar but all other captive elephants can have a better future. Steps undertaken by YFA Letter sent to Delhi Zoo on October 4, 2021. Read here Letter sent to Prime Minister's Office on November 16, 2021. Read here Having received no response, we filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Delhi High Court that was heard on January 3, 2022. The Hon'ble High Court admitted our case and also directed the Respondents to consider our representation. The next court hearing is scheduled for July 6, 2022. We really hope you will join hands with us to help Shankar earn his freedom and have a chance to live a normal elephant life with his own kind. Please sign our petition and share it widely. Thanks and regards Nikita Dhawan and Nandika Karunakaram (On Behalf of Youth For Animals) FOLLOW OUR SHANKAR CAMPAIGN PAGE HERE Reach us via- Website II Email  Follow us on social media to help amplify our voice Twitter II Facebook II Instagram II Linkedin II YouTube Hashtags for our campaign Main- #FreeShankarDelhiZoo Others- #FreeShankar #ShankarforSanctuary #Shankar #HaathiMereSaathi

Nikita Nandika - YFA
197,204 supporters