Farhan Akhtar, Sidharth Malhotra, Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Shraddha Kapoor, Dia Mirza and many other Bollywood celebrities have raised their voice against the cutting of trees by Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) for the construction of a Metro car shed in the Aarey Colony of Mumbai. Sidharth, who will be next seen in Milap Zaveri's Marjaavan took to his Twitter account and wrote, "Heard the terrible news about the cutting down of trees in #AareyForest started last night! The ecological imbalance this can cause is beyond control & it must stop. I urge the authorities to help #SaveAarey if not for us, for our future generations " The actor also tagged PM Narendra Modi and Maharashtra's CM Devendra Fadnavis in his tweet to bring their attention to the matter. Also read | Aarey protests LIVE: Prohibitory orders imposed, at least 29 arrested
Heard the terrible news about the cutting down of trees in #AareyForest started last night! The ecological imbalance this can cause is beyond control & it must stop. I urge the authorities to help #SaveAarey if not for us, for our future generations @narendramodi @Dev_FadnavisSidharth Malhotra (@SidMalhotra) October 5, 2019
"Cutting trees at night is a pathetic attempt at trying to get away with something even those doing it know is wrong. #Aarey #GreenIsGold #Mumbai," tweeted The Sky Is Pink actor Farhan Akhtar.
Dia Mirza, also a UN goodwill ambassador, voiced her concern on social media. "400 trees have been cut in the dead of the night. As citizens sang and joined hands in unity pleading to STOP this massacre. Can t you see they are UNITED by love!?! Love for nature. Love for our children and our future. #Aarey #ClimateAction #ActNow #ChangeIsComing," she wrote.
400 trees have been cut in the dead of the night. As citizens sang and joined hands in unity pleading to STOP this massacre. Can t you see they are UNITED by love!?! Love for nature. Love for our children and our future. #Aarey #ClimateAction #ActNow #ChangeIsComing pic.twitter.com/7XCwSeaqDTDia Mirza (@deespeak) October 5, 2019
Varun Dhawan expressed his disappointment over the cutting of trees despite strong protests by the residents of Mumbai. He wrote on Twitter, "This is heartbreaking news. With such an outcry to stop the cutting of trees why is this being allowed mumbai has done enough for the people in power to realise cutting down aarey is something the citizens don t want."
Other celebrities voiced their concern over the deforestation of Aarey Forest:
There is enough environmental damage ,erratic climatic changes , pollution , bad air quality that cutting down of #AareyForest is like adding fuel to the fire ! This needs to stop or the repercussions will be irreversible #SaveAareyRakul Singh (@Rakulpreet) October 5, 2019
Massacre is what this is! We are our own worst enemy! Infrastructure can never precede nature! We need to STOP! #SaveAareyKaran Johar (@karanjohar) October 5, 2019
In the cover of darkness the axe falls on our trees . RIP #AareyForest ... we failed you . My heart breaks to know that by morning many proud erect trees will have fallen to human greed . pic.twitter.com/VJdnRl7o6cOnir (@IamOnir) October 4, 2019
If you're a parent and not seriously angered about this shady tree felling I'm the night, lemme know how you feel about looking your kids in their eyes. https://t.co/2FIZvW1q23TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) October 5, 2019
In a fair,ethical,just and humane world it should be the other way around. The state should be protecting the trees from the men with machetes who arrive cloaked in darkness. Alas,this is the world we live in. One without a moral compass & conscience. God help us all! https://t.co/5jA63cx8YyPooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) October 5, 2019
Such a disappointing news on #AareyForest Cutting the trees in the night clearly shows even they know it s horribly wrong,inhuman. But we can compliment #GretaThunberg act blind n deaf to our own #Aarey n think we did our bit to the #environment https://t.co/Tb0NyBbZPnUrmila Matondkar (@UrmilaMatondkar) October 5, 2019
Please read, share and put up your own picture in support of the trees at #Aarey, tagging Maharashtra CM @Dev_Fadnavis and PM @narendramodi . #SaveAarey #SaveAareyForest #ClimateChange https://t.co/23mFyDrwYBVISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) October 5, 2019
The cutting of trees began late on Friday night. Several activists and environmentalists protested against the same and demanded that the car shed be shifted elsewhere and the trees be protected instead.