|Workers work at night to move trees on Hà Nội’s Kim Mã Street. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Sơn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Workers started moving mahogany trees on Hà Nội’s Kim Mã Street last night to make way for a metro line of the Nhổn-Hà Nội Railway Station.
Some 109 mahogany trees, 24 of which are ancient trees shading Thủ Lệ Lake, will either be cut down or relocated to a plant nursery for maintenance in Văn Giang, Hưng Yên Province. After one year, these trees will be brought back and replanted on Hà Nội’s streets.
This is the first time Hà Nội People’s Committee has decided to relocate trees instead of cutting them down in a land clearance project.
Urban railway No.3 -- the section between Nhổn and Hà Nội Railway Station -- is some 12.5km long. The project’s total cost is expected to be US$1.18 billion. Construction began in September 2010 and is scheduled for completion in November 2018.
Trần Nam Mừng, vice director of Beepro Joint Stocks Company which is undertaking the tree relocation, said the work would be done on principle to save as many trees as possible.
According to statistics, some 60 per cent of the relocated trees could continue growing well, he said.
He said the work was being done at night to avoid impacting traffic. — VNS