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Central Vietnamese city plans to fell 3,800 trees in 2015-19

Friday, March 27, 2015, 19:45 GMT+7
Central Vietnamese city plans to fell 3,800 trees in 2015-19
In 2014, Hue was honored with the ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable Cities Award thanks to its large coverage of city trees.

Around 3,800 trees on streets in the central city of Hue will be chopped down under a plan from now till 2019, according to the Hue Park and Green Tree Company.

The plan will be executed in two stages, with the first for 50 urban streets from now till 2016 and the other for the remaining till 2019, Nguyen Can, director of the company, said Wednesday.

The trees to be felled down are underdeveloped, diseased, and unsuitable for urban streets, local authorities claimed.

Of nearly 7,000 trees on the 50 said streets, 5,600 trees will be retained. Another 500 trees will be moved to other streets and over 700 other trees will be chopped down.

For the entire 2015-2019 period, over 3,800 trees will be lopped out of a total of 21,300 trees on Hue streets, according to the plan.

Besides, the city will plant nearly 14,600 new trees from now till 2019.

It is estimated that the total cost for the entire plan will top VND90 billion (US$4.2 million).

Nguyen Van Thanh, chairman of the People’s Committee of Hue, said Wednesday that he has assigned the Hue Park and Green Tree Company to conduct a survey on trees and streets before approving the plan.

Last year, Hue was honored with the ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable Cities Award thanks to its large coverage of city trees.

Last week, Hanoi felled 500 trees in a plan to chop down 6,700 trees on urban streets from 2015 to 2017 and has encountered an outrage from the public. It forced the city to suspend the plan.

An inspection unit announced on Wednesday that it will step in to conduct a thorough 30-day inspection of the decision of the city to cut down such a large number of trees.

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