DECADES-OLD TREES ALONG TON DUC THANG
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.