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Authorities step in to save old trees

Update: September, 04/2014 - 08:51
Old trees along Kim Ma Street in Ha Noi. The capital's People's Committee has ordered the Ha Noi Urban Railway Management Unit to avoid chopping down old trees to make way for a future metro line. — Photo vnexpress.net

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ha Noi People's Committee has asked Ha Noi Urban Railway Management Unit to try to avoid chopping down many old trees to make way for a future metro line.

Last month, Le Huy Hoang, deputy director of the unit, caused a public outcry when he revealed that more than 30 huge, ancient trees in Kim Ma Street in Ba Dinh District would have to go to make space for the line from Nhon to Ha Noi Railway Station.

The trees took more than 40 years to grow to their present size.

Hoang said his unit was working with a contractor for a detail solution for moving the trees to Ha Noi Railway Station in October if approved by the city authority.

As stated in the metro line project which has been approved by the city authority, more than 30 perrenial trees will be chopped down.

At present, there are more than 200,000 trees representing 150 different species throughout Ha Noi.

The section of rail line from Nhon to Ha Noi Railway Station is about 12.5 kilometres long, including 8.5 kilometres elevated and four kilometres underground.

Total investment in the project will be US$1.57 billion. Work began in 2010 and will finish by November, 2018. — VNS

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