HCMC not yet decided to grow coconut trees along streets

In an exchange with reporter of Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper yesterday, director of the Department of Transport in Ho Chi Minh City Bui Xuan Cuong said that he has not received the information that Vietnam Coconut Association has proposed to grow coconut trees along streets in the city. Yet he said it needs to have ideas from scientists and related agencies.

The Vietnam Coconut Association has submitted a proposal to the municipal People’s Committee and People’s Council about growing coconut trees along newly-opened or canal-side streets.

Before, on October 11, 2013, the municipal People’s Committee issued a decree that coconut trees are amongst 23 banned trees to grow along sidewalk.

Next, on November 25, 2013, the municipal administration continued to issue a list of banned trees which should not be grown in the city’s streets and coconut trees are not allowed to grow along pavements and central reservation as coconuts are easily fallen causing dangers to people.

Meantime, the Vietnam Coconut Association said that the city’s canal-side roads in the southern Vietnamese metropolis now measure a total of 500km in length. A coconut tree is planted on every five meters along the canals.

Coconuts are also among the rain- and storm-resistant plants, and easily planted on almost every type of soil, so they will help protect the city in case of bad weather. Its leaves can help purifying the polluted air and noise.

It can be called for social contribution in tending the tree; accordingly the government can save costs in having employees to take care of the coconut trees budget; can even gain economic benefits by selling the coconut fruits.

The Vietnam Coconut Association suggested that coconut trees should be planted along the two sides of Tau Hu Canal in District 8 on a trial basis to test the effectiveness of its plan.

By Quoc Hung – translated by Uyen Phuong

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