Aarey backlash at Amitabh Bachchan
Activists opposing the proposed felling of over 2,600 trees at Aarey Colony staged a silent protest outside actor Amitabh Bachchan’s bungalow here against his tweet supporting the Mumbai Metro project.
Several activists, who are against the felling of trees in the leafy colony to make way for a Metro car shed, on Wednesday staged the protest outside Bachchan’s residence in Juhu, holding banners and placards carrying messages such as “Save Aarey” and “Gardens do not make forests”.
On Tuesday, Bachchan had tweeted: “Friend of mine had a medical emergency, decided to take METRO instead of his car. Came back very impressed. Said was faster, convenient and most efficient. Solution for Pollution. Grow more trees. I did in my garden… have you.”
Environmental activist Zoru Bhathena, who has filed a petition in Bombay High Court against the civic body’s approval to the felling of the trees, asked the megastar to visit Aarey to understand the ground reality.