Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray on Saturday slammed Mumbai Metro for cutting of trees in Mumbai's Aarey Colony area where authorities are planning to build a car shed for its trains. Aaditya Thackeray, who is making his poll debut in upcoming assembly elections, extended his support to activists opposing the cutting of trees. In a series of tweets, Thackeray termed cutting of trees "in cover of night" as "shameful and disgusting".
"The vigour with which the Mumbai Metro is slyly and swiftly cutting down an ecosystem in Aarey is shameful and disgusting. How about posting these officials in PoK, giving them charge to destroy terror camps rather than trees?" Thackeray tweeted.
"Many environmentalists and even many local Shiv Sena members from the vicinity have tried stopping this. More so the increased police presence and the way this deforestation is happening, Mumbai Metro is destroying everything India said at the UN."
"There's no point for the Central government ministry of climate change to exist, or to speak about plastic pollution when the Mumbai Metro senselessly destroys the Aarey vicinity. This ego battle taken up by Metro 3 is destroying the purpose of making it," he added.
Thackeray also slammed Mumbai Metro officials for meeting out "criminal-like" treatment to Mumbai citizens.
"The Shiv Sena's Sheetal Mahatre Ji & Shubha Raul ji at Aarey. Even Sunnel Prabhu ji has been standing up for it with the citizens. Wonder why Mumbai Metro is treating Mumbaikars like criminals and not listening to sensible demand of sustainable development," he said.