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City to cut down 215 evergreens

Update: September, 29/2014 - 09:18
Most of the trees on the street are Khaya senegalensis (meliaceae) with an average height of 8-10 metres and 40-50cm across, and they will be replaced with giant crape-myrtles.— Photo tuoitre.vn

HCM CITY (VNS) — The HCM City Department of Transport plans to cut down some 215 evergreen trees on Nguyen Van Huong Street in District 2 to ensure public safety after digging works and flooding affected their roots and weakened them.

Most of the trees on the street are Khaya senegalensis (meliaceae) with an average height of 8-10 metres and 40-50cm across, and they will be replaced with giant crape-myrtles.

Fifty trees would be felled this year starting in October and the remaining would be cut down by 2016, Tran Si Thang, deputy director of the department's Urban Traffic Management Unit No.2, said.

Inundation and drainage and other infrastructure works had affected the roots of the trees, making them unstable during rains, he said.

Though his agency routinely cut branches to reduce the risk of the trees toppling over, six had fallen this year, he said.

The unit had recommended the felling to ensure the safety of people travelling on the road, he added. — VNS

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