Mumbai, Oct. 17 -- State environment minister Aaditya Thackeray issued a stop-work order on Friday after the commencement of construction work for a wall around the recently scrapped international zoo at Aarey Colony, Goregaon.

Around 20 trees were felled during the movement of excavator (JCB) machines at the plot, said activists adding that work for the wall construction around the periphery of the 40.46-hectare plot began on Thursday and by Friday it was stopped after the interventions of the environment minister.

Thackeray clarified that no boundary wall construction was needed since the area (328.9ha) was already declared a forest and included the 40.46ha plot. "We have given a stop-work order because the plan for the zoo does not exi...