Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar Tweet in Support of Mumbai Metro, Mumbaikars Protest
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Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar Tweet in Support of Mumbai Metro, Mumbaikars Protest

Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar have tweeted in support of Mumbai Metro, which is further expanding its network. Here’s why environmentalists were not happy

Amitabh Bachchan recently praised the Mumbai Metro for its convenience and efficiency, calling it a solution for pollution, and also urged fans to grow more trees to save the environment. He tweeted, “T 3290 - Friend of mine had a medical emergency, decided to take METRO instead of his car .. came back very impressed .. said was faster, convenient and most efficient .. Solution for Pollution ..

Grow more trees .. I did in my garden .. have you?” However, this tweet was not received well by many Mumbaikars, who gathered to protest with placards and posters outside the Big B’s Juhu residence. 

These protesters were green activists and supporters of the Save Aarey campaign, which is a campaign against Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) Tree Authority for giving permission to Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) to cut and relocate around 2,600 trees from the Aarey Milk Colony (adjoining Sanjay Gandhi National Park) to make room for the construction of a car shed for Metro line 3. 

There have been several protests in the city over this decision, with the latest one outside Amitabh’s home, with messages like ‘Save Aarey’ and ‘Gardens Don’t Make Forests’. However, MMRC chief, Aswini Bhide thanked Amitabh for the support and said they were committed to the metro project which whill provide “faster, safer, convenient and pollution-free commute to Mumbaikars.” 

Meanwhile, Akhsay Kumar has also tweeted in favour of the metro. The actor posted a video on his Twitter handle and wrote, “My ride for today, the @MumMetro...travelled #LikeABoss from Ghatkopar to Versova beating the peak hours traffic.” In the video, Akshay can be seen standing in a corner of the metro and narrating his reason for choosing to take the metro ride. He said he took Good News director, Raj Mehta’s advice and as a result he would reach his destination within 20 minutes instead of sitting in traffic for two hours and five minutes.

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