Ivi tree haz­ard

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Satish Nakched, Suva

It is with re­gret to state that the ma­jes­tic land mark ‘Ivi tree’ at the Voda­fone Tri­an­gle in Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­trict in Suva is sus­pected to have gone be­yond its use­ful life. This was ex­posed af­ter Cyclone Win­ston. The in­ner por­tion of the tree is now badly rot­ten and the tree trunk can­not sup­port the top-heavy branches. The main trunk looks dam­aged with a huge split vis­i­ble in the mid­dle. Be­ing lo­cated in the junc­tion of the busy in­ter­sec­tion the ve­hi­cle noise and move­ment adds on an­other di­men­sion to the risk of this haz­ard. The tree is an an­tique and a price­less fea­ture in the area and must have wit­nessed the growth of the city and the un­fold­ing of so many his­toric events. But due to the age­ing fac­tor the said tree is now a huge threat to the pedes­tri­ans and the ve­hi­cles that goes past it.

Just at the base of the Ivi tree is a park bench, which is used a lot dur­ing the sum­mer months, not only by the lo­cals, but tourist as well. I be­lieve a den­drol­o­gist should be in­volved in the risk as­sess­ment and is­sue a safety re­port.

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