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More trees for urban areas

Date: 06/09/2015

HCM CITY — A VND146 billion (US$6.9 million) project to plant trees on the East-West Boulevard in HCM City will be carried out to encourage development in residential urban areas in the city"s east and south directions. The project has been approved by the city"s Department of Planning and Architecture, the Construction Department and the city Urban Planning and Architecture Council. Work is scheduled to begin in July and finish by the end of this year.

Under the management of the East-West Boulevard project, a number of associated companies have recently planted perennial trees along the boulevard. But the city authorities feel there is a need for more green trees along the 22-km long boulevard, particularly on roads connecting with districts 1, 2, 4, 5. 6, 8, Binh Tan and Binh Chanh, said HCM City Urban Traffic Management Zone no 1 director Le Quyet Thang.
 
The project will cost about VND146 billion (US$6.9 million). Of that sum, about VND80 billion ($3.8 million) will be spent on installing an automatic irrigation system and a maintenance fund. The rest will be used to plant trees.
 
"Although the automatic irrigation system will require a huge investment in the beginning, it will save a lot of money in the long run compared with the use of tankers to daily irrigate the trees," said Thang.
 
The best contractors will be selected to implement the project, he said.
 
For the project, the East-West Boulevard will be divided into four sections. The lanes will be divided by grass banks, ornamental gardens and rock gardens.
 
On Section 2, from Lo Gom Bridge to Huynh Man Dat interchange, coloured leaf trees will be planted. A small wood will be planted on Nguyen Tri Phuong intersection.
 
The East-West Boulevard is the most important gateway to Thu Thiem new urban area in HCM City. — VNS
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