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This handle is a public service to bust myths and lies being spread by vested interests about #AareyColony #AareyAikaNa #AareyAiklaNa
1/ About Aarey being a forest area
Aarey is not a forest. This issue is settled in the High Court. The notification for the reservation for a car shed in the Aarey Milk colony is also legally tenable and settled in the court.
2/ Inside Aarey, you have Sankraman Studios, Aarey milk colony cow and buffalo sheds, hutments and Royal Palms. All of these have good permissions under various state govts.
3/ Dilawar Nensey of the Royal Palms group was close to several Cong ministers who facilitated he got illegal constructions permissions. But that is besides the point. If interested pls see pic.
4/ For clearance for Aarey land, the HC judgement stands. Check the Writ Petition no. 2766 of 2017 filed by Ms Amrita P. Bhattacharjee & others. #AareyAiklaNa #AareyAikaNa
5/ Next comes the issue of adivasis in Aarey.
There are no Adivasis the area being occupied for the car depot. They stay in the padas deeper inside, adjoining Filter pada, Marol, Film city, Royal Palms, etc. #AareyAiklaNa #AareyAikaNa
6/ Leopards
Depot land is surrounded by 3 major arterial roads including JVLR together carry more than 1 lakh vehicles per day. As per EIA study report there is no wild life habitat in Car Depot location. #AareyAiklaNa #AareyAikaNa
7/ This is for the #Floodnavis trolls
Depot site is unpaved in 75% of its area, about 22 hectares. Now that will allow the rain water to directly seep into the ground. So, the ground water charging will continue to take place in 75% of the area. #AareyAiklaNa #AareyAikaNa
8/ All water ways passing through this area towards Mithi river are also channelized with in the depot boundary area by proper SWD system approved by MCGM. So, flooding won’t happen. #AareyAiklaNa #AareyAikaNa
9/ But why Aarey? Why not go to Kanjur??
Location of the depot site has been studied in detail. At DPR stage in year 2011 four sites, namely Mahalaxmi Racecourse, MMRDA ground-BKC, Kalina University and Aarey Milk Colony were studied. #AareyAiklaNa #AareyAikaNa
10/ Later by 2015 the Technical Committee studied 5 more locations in addition to the previous 4. So, Mumbai has 9 options. #AareyAikaNa #AareyAiklaNa
11/ For the car shed, 9 sites were considered.
1. Backbay Reclamation, Colaba
2. Mumbai Port Trust
3. Mahalaxmi Race Course
4. Dharavi
5. Bandra Kurla Complex
6. Mumbai Unviversity, Kalina
7. Aarey Milk Colony
8. Sariput Nagar
9. Kanjur Marg
#AareyAiklaNa #AareyAikaNa
12/ Out of these only Aarey Milk Colony and the Kanjur Marg sites were found suitable. Along with Kanjur Marg site, a smaller depot of 16 stabling line capacity at Aarey Milk Colony was also part of the proposal for being operationally essential. #AareyAiklaNa #AareyAikaNa
13/ Depot at Backbay was not perused considering the large scale reclamation required over 3 to 5 years, and wide ranging implications on Environmental & Marine ecosystem.
#AareyAiklaNa #AareyAikaNa
14/ Kanjur Marg
The Kanjur Marg land availability was explored in the courts, and also the site investigations and planning were undertaken by MMRC in the year 2016.
MMRC gave the Kanjur Marg option much longer time than the 3 months that the project could afford.
#AareyAiklaNa #AareyAikaNa
17/ Why so much land is needed?
A depot for the 8 coach line and for its frequency & capacity requirements cannot be fitted in to 9-12 Ha land. What is needed is 30 Ha. #AareyAiklaNa #AareyAikaNa
18/ Land usage
21 Ha - The depot in the present form is of optimum design, and occupies only about 21 Ha of the land.
4 Ha - Land required for the main line related functions and for the station.
5 Ha - To be retained as Green.
#AareyAiklaNa #AareyAikaNa
19/ Why do we need metro?
Mumbai Metro 1 operated by Reliance Group is used by about 4 lakh people travel everyday. Which means per day they are leaving their personal vehicles, autos, taxis and other modes of transport. So less polluting. #AareyAiklaNa #AareyAikaNa
20/ One can only imagine if the Versova to Ghatkopar metro had not been there what would have been the condition of Andheri-Ghatkopar road today. Mumbaikars travel the distance in 17 minutes while travel by road takes 90 minutes.
21/ Commute by road
22/ Commute by metro
23/ But 2,700 trees will be cut
Unfortunately, yes. But it has been done for malls, for buildings, for airports too. In every case compensatory plantations are done.
#AareyAiklaNa #AareyAikaNa
24/ Compensatory plantations can be done in some of the degraded areas in the Aarey Milk Colony. Rest has to be done in SGNP or in other suitable areas allocated by the government. #AareyAiklaNa #AareyAikaNa
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