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John Abraham Describes Maharashtra Government “Ridiculous” for Cutting Trees for Metro Rail

"It is ridiculous to see how they are displacing animals, trees as well as people living in these areas for metro rail," he added

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"It is ridiculous to see how they are displacing animals, trees as well as people living in these areas for metro rail," he added. Wikimedia Commons

Bollywood actor John Abraham described as “ridiculous” the Maharashtra government’s decision to cut down 33 hectares of green carpet for the development of the Metro 3 car shed in Mumbai. John was expressing his concern over the water crisis when he made the comment, during the trailer launch of his upcoming film “Batla House” here on Wednesday.

“In this situation, when Maharashtra Government has decided to cut down 33 hectares of greenery at Arey Milk Colony, it makes me wonder if we are heading towards the right direction. I am opposed to the coastal road and 33 hectares of land being cut!”

“It is ridiculous to see how they are displacing animals, trees as well as people living in these areas for metro rail,” he added. Present with John were his co-stars Mrunal Thakur and Nora Fatehi, along with director Nikkhil Advani and producer Bhushan Kumar among others.

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“The rivers are going to dry up in 30 years if the rain is not happening properly and water crisis will only increase. So it is a serious problem”, says John Abraham. Wikimedia Commons

The BMC and MMRC have already received around 82,000 objection letters from the affected community and environment conservatives. Bollywood celebrities like Randeep Hooda, Dia Mirza, Adil Hussain, Ashok Pandit, Pooja Bedi among others have already lent their voice to support the cause of saving the greenery. John was asked about the present situation of the water crisis in Maharashtra and also the water-logging condition in the city due to the rain.

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Addressing the issue the actor said, “we are not doing good water harvesting in the city and that is surely creating the water crisis. If we can harvest water rightly, the city and the country can have enough water. When the rain does not happen at the right time, we get worried and then when it rains in the city (Mumbai), it is flooded which obviously we do not like.”

“The rivers are going to dry up in 30 years if the rain is not happening properly and water crisis will only increase. So it is a serious problem.” “Batla House” is slated to release on August 15. (IANS)

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“A Citizen Needs To Be More Kind Towards Living Beings”, Says Actor John Abraham

We are a democracy and we just need to be more kind and concerned to humans and animals alike, which we are not," he said

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On work front, John Abraham will next be seen in Sanjay Gupta's "Mumbai Saga", Lakshya Raj Anand's "Attack", and Milap Zaveri's "Satyameva Jayate 2". Wikimedia Commons

Actor John Abraham, who is associated with National Association for the Blind, feels that our country is a disaster for visually-impaired or differently abled people, in terms of infrastructure. He added that people of India need to be more kind towards other people and animals.

“I feel infrastructure-wise, we are a disaster for the visually-impaired people or differently-able people. We are not prepared, so I think we must move towards a direction where we make things easier for them. We don’t have infrastructure for regular people (laughs), so we are very far away from it. This is not my way of criticising the government but I think we must move in a certain direction and I hope at least in our lifetime, we will get to see a differently-able person feeling comfortable in a public space,” said John, while launching Braille Edition of Karma Sutra — Cracking the Karmic Code by Hingori.

Should India draw inspiration from Western countries when it comes to providing facilities to differently able people? “In many European countries and in the United States, they are very inclusive of not just differently-abled people but even animals. It is only in this country where people don’t care about them. We pelt stones at animals. I don’t understand the mindset. I feel we need to be more kind. We are a beautiful country and we have a beautiful way of life. We are a democracy and we just need to be more kind and concerned to humans and animals alike, which we are not,” he said.

Talking about the event, John said: “I feel we can’t understand their (blind people) situation and problem but it is really important to support them. I am a very small part of it but the media’s support is a big thing because you are very active in print, twitter and on television so, I would like to thank media for supporting this cause.”

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Actor John Abraham, who is associated with National Association for the Blind, feels that our country is a disaster for visually-impaired or differently abled people, in terms of infrastructure. He added that people of India need to be more kind towards other people and animals. Wikimedia Commons

“I have been working with National Association for the Blind for more than six years. My mother and father are working with them for more than 10 years. I think one must not support a social cause just for a film promotion and you have to be consistently associated with that cause. I am associated with many social causes. You will not see me at parties and film functions but I feel it is necessary to come to events like these, not to create an impression but to share a piece of mind.”

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On work front, John Abraham will next be seen in Sanjay Gupta’s “Mumbai Saga”, Lakshya Raj Anand’s “Attack”, and Milap Zaveri’s “Satyameva Jayate 2”. (Bollywood Country)