New Delhi, 29 November: The Supreme Court has given permission to cut 84 trees for the construction of a metro car shed in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony. The court said that 95 per cent work of the project has been done.

A bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud said that thousands of crores of public money has been spent. The final hearing on the petitions opposing the project will be held in February next year.

The Supreme Courtm on October 7, 2019, had banned the cutting of trees in Aarey forest. The court had said that status quo should be restored in Aarey forest. Cutting of trees should be stopped immediately. The court had said that the survival rate of the plants should be analysed. The Supreme Court had ordered the release of all those arrested while opposing the cutting of trees.