More trees will be felled for Ho Chi Minh City subway

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Trees in 23.9 Park in front of Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City will be uprooted and cut down next year as the Ben Thanh Central Station breaks ground. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City authorities announced that they will uproot or cut down 57 more trees to make way for an underground metro station next year, reports Tuoi Tre.
The trees currently occupy the future site of the planned the Ben Thanh Central Station, which will stretch from the top of September 23rd Park to Ben Thanh Market, the city government said on Tuesday.
The Ben Thanh Central Station will be one of the three downtown stations on the Ben Thanh - Suoi Tien metro system, which will run 19.7 kilometers between Ben Thanh Market in District 1 and Suoi Tien Theme Park in District 9.
Last week, 51 trees were cut down in Lam Son Square in District 1 to clear the area for a Japanese joint-venture's planned construction on an underground station -- the first to be built in the southern metro.
Nguyen Van Dung, deputy director of the Urban Traffic Management Division No.1, which is tasked with managing trees in the city center, told Tuoi Tre they will try to minimize the number of trees cut down and consider every opportunity to uproot trees and re-plant them elsewhere.

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