Ho Chi Minh City to fell 200 trees in District 2

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Ho Chi Minh City will chop down more than 200 trees in District 2 to make way for several infrastructure projects, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.
The Urban Traffic Management Board No.2 said 215 so khi (African mahogany) trees, most of which are more than 12 meters tall, will be felled on Nguyen Van Huong Street starting next month.
Tran Si Thang, deputy director of the board, said the trees are prone to falling over during heavy rains and strong winds.
He said the risk of such accidents are particularly high due to the structure of their roots and the risks posed by nearby infrastructure projects.
Since early this year, six trees have fallen on Nguyen Van Huong Street, he said.
Of the 215 trees to be felled, 162 are 12 meters tall and 50 centimeters wide.
It will take around three years to chop down all 215 trees.
Starting this October, 50 trees will be felled. One hundred will be felled next year and 65 trees will be felled in 2016.
The Urban Traffic Management Board No.2 will replace them with bang lang trees.
When asked why they hadn't uprooted the trees and re-planted them elsewhere, Thang said since most of the trees being felled are prohibitively large and are unlikely to survive the relocation process.
Transplanting the trees would cost significantly more than growing new ones, he said.

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