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#AareyBachao proves to be a foreign funded anti-development guimmick; Vanashakti NGO under scanner

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Publication: News Bharati
Date: September 14, 2019
URL:      https://www.newsbharati.com/Encyc/2019/9/14/Aarey-Colony-Mumbai-Metro-.html

With the decision to start the work of Mumbai Aarey Colony Metro Shed has come into being, there have been many controversial takes on the same. The latest being the Vanashakti NGO which has been in the forefront is under scanner for possibly receiving funds from foreign sources. This is duly to sabotage the development in regards to Mumbai Metro.

Taking cognizance of this, Legal Rights Observatory, a legal rights watchdog has moved complaint to Home Affairs Ministry to seek investigation of possible foreign funds it received and reasons behind its FCRA rejection. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the NGO has cited that the organization has been at the forefront in the battle to save the fragile environment. It further added that since the NGO is into existence from 2007, they are working with the tribal community to aware them about the cutting down of trees and widening of roads.
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Legal Rights Observatory- LRO @LegalLro
Vanashakti NGO under scanner for possibly receiving funds from foreign sources to sabotage @MumbaiMetro3, Mumbai activist moved complaint to MHA @AmitShah to seek investigation of possible foreign funds it received n reasons behind its FCRA rejection #AareyBachao #SaveAareyForest

Dear Prime Minister,

I am writing to you because your Government wrote to me.

Last week the Ministry of Home affairs sent me a mail informing me that the application made by Vanashakti for raising funds under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) had been denied. The reason given: "Your case is refused in public interest" We at Vanashakti did not know whether to laugh or cry. Vanashakti is an environmental NGO that was set up in 2007 and has been at the frontline of the battle to save our fragile environment.

Vanashakti has been working with communities in Wada and Jawhar (tribal areas north of Mumbai) educating them and helping them cope with the impact of increased environmental degradation. Helping to prevent senseless cutting down of 100 year old trees for road widening (you can just as easily keep the trees alive in a nice, wide median strip). Preventing contractors from dumping waste on pristine mangroves (that's how they reclaim new spaces for buildings). Measuring the pollution levels in the Ulhas river and working hard to push for accountability both with local industry and local bodies.

Since when did all these activities go against the public interest? Saving the environment is in the Public Interest, dear Prime Minister! Unfortunately within the text of that letter is the entire sorry saga of the respect that your ministers have demonstrated for the environment.

7:54 PM - Sep 14, 2019
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Ever since the decision to start the Mumbai Metro project has come into being it has been in news for all the possible reasons but this time though it’s not the attitude of the authorities or the politicians but the age-old NGO, Civil Society or Activist network which are rushing to the courts to obtain stay orders. One such case is the Mumbai Aarey Colony Metro Shed.
 
However, the Vanashakti NGO which strives to make citizens ‘aware’ about the cutting down of trees for road widening have been misguiding people in the name of ‘environmental awareness’. Clearing off speculations, Managing Director of the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation, Ashwini Bhide in a tweet said that the Mumbaikars need a reliable, safe, and comfortable public transport and hence they want @MumbaiMetro3 to be commissioned at the earliest. They gave their representation to #MMRC.
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Ashwini Bhide @AshwiniBhide
Common #Mumbaikars want a safe, comfortable and reliable public transport and hence they want @MumbaiMetro3 to be commissioned at the earliest. They gave their representation to #MMRC today. #AareyAikaNa @CMOMaharashtra @PMOIndia @PiyushGoyalOffc @Secretary_MoHUA https://twitter.com/MumbaiMetro3/status/1172512640125399040 …

MumbaiMetro3 @MumbaiMetro3
Many citizens and groups came forward in solidarity with #Metro3. They gave an official representation to expedite Metro work and  make public transport safe & comfortable so that we don't need to hear about at least 10 deaths everyday on overcrowded suburban network. @MahaDGIPR
8:04 PM - Sep 13, 2019
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Exposing the anti-nationals elements posed by the Vanashakti NGO, the Legal Rights Observatory has also noted that such organisations are backed by Catholic Church's. They asserted that the complainant against Vanashakti correlated opposition 2 @MumbaiMetro3 with #CatholicChurch's opposition to Goa Konkan Railway and #Kudankulam Nuclear Project which was funded by #Church and sought inquiry to find out why NGO's FCRA application was rejected.
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Legal Rights Observatory- LRO @LegalLro
Complainant against Vanashakti correlated opposition 2 @MumbaiMetro3 with #CatholicChurch's opposition to Goa Konkan Railway n #Kudankulam Nuclear Project which was funded by #Church n sought inquiry 2 find out why NGO's FCRA application was rejected #SaveAareyForest #AareyBachao https://twitter.com/LegalLro/status/1172878732010213377 …

Legal Rights Observatory- LRO @LegalLro
Vanashakti NGO under scanner for possibly receiving funds from foreign sources to sabotage @MumbaiMetro3, Mumbai activist moved complaint to MHA @AmitShah to seek investigation of possible foreign funds it received n reasons behind its FCRA rejection #AareyBachao #SaveAareyForest
10:23 PM - Sep 14, 2019
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Giving a background check of the preventive measures taken by the state government has assured that the Mumbai Metro will save lives & bring back smiles on faces of parents who worry about the safe return of their children traveling on impossibly overcrowded suburban trains.
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Ashwini Bhide @AshwiniBhide
#MumhaiMetro will save lives & bring back smiles on faces of parents who worry abt d safe return of their children traveling on impossibly overcrowded suburban trains. @MumbaiMetro3'll carry 17 lac people/day safely in closed & comfortable AC trains with platform screen doors.
8:00 PM - Sep 13, 2019
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In a series of tweet with an hashtag of #AareyAikaNa the Managing Director has swiftly listed the facts and truth behind the infrastructural development and how the government has channelized the project so to not harm the environment.
 
The Maharashtra government aided by Centre has shown impressive progress when it comes to this Metro project. Interestingly, the Mumbai Metro will solve problems like reducing vehicular traffic which the metro will de-clogs the roads and it shall reduce CO2emission by 2.6 lakh metric tons every year.
 

An important point to note is that the Sanjay Gandhi Nation Park is spread over 11,687 Hectare whereas Aarey Colony in 1287 Hectare. Out of the 1287 hectare, the metro car shed will be only built on 30 Hectare of Aarey land and even within that 5 Hectare has been kept intact for greenery. So, in a nutshell, only 2% area of the entire Aarey Colony will be utilized for the proposed metro car shed.
 
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