Overburdened by public works, HCMC says farewell to more trees

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Hunks of mahogany trees felled on Ton Duc Thang Street on November 12, 2014. Photo credit: Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon Hunks of mahogany trees felled on Ton Duc Thang Street on November 12, 2014. Photo credit: Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon

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Workers chopped down the first two trees on Ton Duc Thang Street on Tuesday to make way for urban works projects that will include the country’s first metro line.
The trees were felled in front of Ba Son Shipyard, news website Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon (Saigon Times) reported.
Ho Chi Minh City plans to clear 84 mahogany trees--some of which are estimated to be a century old--from the downtown street, to make way for the Thu Thiem 2 Bridge between districts 1 and 2.
District 2 is already connected to the city downtown by the Saigon River Tunnel and Thu Thiem 1 Bridge that runs to Binh Thanh District, the news site reported.
Ton Duc Thang is considered one of the most beautiful boulevards in Vietnam’s southern metropolis due to its massive canopy of trees.
The plan has stricken many city dwellers with nostalgia and misgivings--particularly since the city already cut the green heart out of District 1 in July to make way for the country’s first subway station. The last trees on Nguyen Hue, which is slated to become a pedestrian promenade, were chopped down in October.

 The resulting timber will be sold to woodworking shops in Cu Chi District. Photo credit: Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon

 A mahogany tree that's nearly one meter in diameter (R) will soon be felled as well. Photo credit: Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon

 A man who has spent over 50 years selling tamarind beneath the trees on Ton Duc Thang will lose his spot soon. Photo credit: Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon

 The resulting timber will be sold to woodworking shops in Cu Chi District. Photo credit: Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon

 

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