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DECADES-OLD TREES ALONG TON DUC THANG

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are set to be chopped down or re­lo­cated to make space for the con­struc­tion of the Thu Thiem 2 Bridge. Of the af­fected trees, 115 will be re­lo­cated to Nong Lam Univer­sity in Thu Duc District, and the re­main­ing 143 will be felled. The Ho Chi Minh City ad­min­is­tra­tion has re­quested that only un­healthy trees or those that may not sur­vive the relocation be cut down. The first 63 trees will be cut down or re­lo­cated in Au­gust, while a sec­ond batch of 79 trees will be moved or felled in Oc­to­ber. The project will re­sume in March 2018 with 70 trees af­fected and the re­main­ing 46 trees will be dealt with in May. Af­ter the bridge con­struc­tion is com­plete, the re­lo­cated trees will be moved back to Ton Duc Thang.

The cost for the tree cut­ting and relocation is es­ti­mated at VND7 bil­lion. The 1,465m Thu Thiem 2 Bridge over the Saigon River will con­nect the Le Duan – Ton Duc Thang in­ter­sec­tion in District 1 with the Thu Thiem New Ur­ban Area in District 2 and fa­cil­i­tate travel to and from the re­cently con­structed ur­ban area, as well as re­duce con­ges­tion in the city’s down­town area.

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