A man holds up a placard at a promenade during a protest demanding that the Mumbai Metro Rail Corp Ltd do not cut trees to build a train parking shed for an upcoming subway line [Prashant Waydande/Reuters]

A mass felling of trees in one of the world’s most polluted megacities was halted by India’s top court on Monday, amid protests arguing their removal would strip the city of a precious “green lung”.

Some 2,700 trees were being cut down in the financial capital Mumbai to make way for a depot for subway carriages in the city of nearly 20 million people.

But the felling angered locals, with Bollywood stars and residents joining regular demonstrations that grew over the weekend after workers started removing

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