This will be the first instance of an extensive forest blossoming within the limits of a metropolis anywhere in the worldUddhav Thackeray – CMO Maharashtra
A meeting held by Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray ji with Aarey, Forest & Environment Depts has decided to apply Section 4 of IFA to approximately 600 acres in Aarey land near Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
This implies that it will be declared a reserve forest after a hearing for suggestion/objections
Approx 600 acres of open land being declared as forest while all rights of Adivasi communities will stand protected.
Rehabilitation of slums within the area would be expedited. This would be phase 1 for which the Forest Dept will move a proposal.
Phase 2 survey for additional open/forest land in Aarey, post Phase 1 will begin soon. This would help the State protect the flora & fauna existent in Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Aarey.
I’m deeply thankful to Minister Sunil Kedar ji for his stand to protect the flora and fauna of Aarey land and his cooperation with the Forest Minister Sanjay Rathod ji for the same.
We look forward to moving forward on this proposal soon as decided today