Hanoi to Cut Down 6,700 Century-Old Trees

Metro systems in developing cities come at a price. And in Hanoi, the price is the disappearance of a large portion of the 29,600 remaining century-old trees that were planted during colonial rule.


As part of a US$3.4 million landscaping project and the construction of seven train stations, Tuoi Tre reported earlier this week that 6,700 of these trees on 190 streets across the capital will be cut down. They will be replaced by new trees at a cost of VND60 billion.


According to the Department of Construction, besides being in the way of new station developments, many of the old trees are infected with worms, posing risks to road users.


Social media users, however, have a different perspective, with Facebook critics going into overdrive this week. As they did so, 500 of the first trees were chopped down, much to the increased chagrin of Hanoi residents.


The result was a quick turnaround, with the president of the Hanoi People’s Committee calling a halt to the cull on the morning of Mar. 20.


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Last modified onFriday, 20 March 2015 03:45

1 comment

  • Sue Featherstone
    Sue Featherstone Friday, 20 March 2015 05:32 Comment Link

    Please think again! It takes a long time for a tree to grow. They cut pollution, provide oxygen and habitats. Consider buildng a sky train instead! Remember what makes Hanoi Hanoi is what brings you tourists.

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