Authorities in Hanoi said they would have several trees lining a downtown street replaced as the plants appear to have died less than three months following the route’s opening.
The allegedly dead trees are worth VND2.5 billion (US$106,473) of the project extending a section of Huynh Thuc Khang Street in Dong Da District, whose total investment exceeded VND340 billion ($14.5 million).
Since the street section was opened to traffic on January 17, the two rows of newly-planted trees along the route have not yet sprouted and are suspected to have died.
Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters saw the stumps of many trees peeled off, exposing the dry flesh despite being carefully braced.
|Wilted red-leaf maple trees on the median strip of Tran Duy Hung Street in Hanoi, December 12, 2020. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre|
Nguyen Van Cuong, deputy director of the Dong Da management board of construction investment projects, said that those trees have been marked and will be replaced by the contractor of the Huynh Thuc Khang Street project soon.
Cuong did not mention a possible reason for the situation.
This is not the first time landscaping trees have died in Hanoi as the city administration once had all red-leaf maple trees planted on the median strips along Nguyen Chi Thanh and Tran Duy Hung Streets replaced in April 2021 due to their underdevelopment.