Taichung tak­ing mea­sures on city’s cot­ton tree sea­son

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

The Taichung City Gov­ern­ment Con­struc­tion Bureau re­cently stated that it will take steps on the city’s cot­ton trees fol­low­ing com­plaints from af­fected res­i­dents, the Cen­tral News Agency re­ported.

As it is cur­rently the sea­son in which cot­ton trees blos­som, cot­ton is con­stantly seen fly­ing through the air in Taichung City. The phe­nom­e­non is mostly ob­served in ar­eas along Taichung’s Tai­wan Boule­vard, Zhongzheng Road in Dong­shi Dis­trict, Zhongqi Road in Shalu Dis­trict and Zhong­shan Road in Tanzi Dis­trict, where kilo­me­ters of cot­ton trees were planted for scenic pur­poses.

Re­cently, the city gov­ern­ment has re­ceived com­plaints that the cot­ton has stim­u­lated al­ler­gic re­ac­tions in some peo­ple, who are im­plor­ing the city gov­ern­ment to take mea­sures to re­duce the amount of cot­ton in the air.

How­ever, fol­low­ing the city’s an­nounce­ment that it will trim off some of the trees, an­other sec­tion of the gen­eral public has staked its po­si­tion against any such ac­tion, fear­ing that the beau­ti­ful scenery cre­ated by the trees would be dam­aged.

In re­sponse to both views, Taichung’s Gov­ern­ment Con­struc­tion Bureau stated that it will im­ple­ment pro­ce­dures that will aim to sat­isfy both points of view.

The bureau said that con­sid­er­ing the al­ler­gies trig­gered by the cot­ton, as well as the dam­age to scoot­ers caused by the pe­tals of the trees, the city will ini­tially re­move the buds of the trees, and then the fruit af­ter flow­er­ing sea­son so that both prob­lems are dealt with fairly.

The bureau said that the poli­cies will al­low the won­der­ful scenery to re­main It also promised that it would take ac­tion ear­lier next year.

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