A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed before the Bombay High Court challenging a notice issued by tree authority of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for removing 177 trees at Aarey obstructing the work of car depot for Mumbai Metro Rail project [Zoru Bathena v. Tree Authority, MCGM, Mumbai]. .The petitioner, Zoru Bathena, claimed that the notice was issued by the tree authority on an application was filed by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL). MMRCL's application before the tree authority came to be filed after a Supreme Court order of November 2022, allowing the corporation to pursue its request for felling of 84 trees for the project. Based on the MMRCL application, the tree authority then issued a public notice for objections and suggestions. "The notice dated January 12, 2023, issued by the tree authority is for removal of 177 trees, having a different set of tree ID numbers in comparison to MMRCL's application which was for only 84 trees," the petition stated.Bathena submitted that she was compelled to file a PIL after the authority refused to withdraw its notice. .Bathena also claimed that the notice was in violation of the order of the Supreme Court of November 2022 which allowed application to fell only 84 trees."The public notice could not have been issued by the tree authority without MMRCL having first taken appropriate liberty of the Supreme Court and hence the notice stands null and void," the petition stated. .The PIL has sought directions from the High Court to quash the public notice and to stay the notice in the interim.