KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has identified 24 trees which will be felled in the city, as they pose a risk to the public.
They include 11 rain trees (Samanea saman) located along Jalan Ampang.
In a statement, the local authority explained that the findings were made by experts approved by the Malaysian Society of Arborist, after visual inspections and checks on the inside of the tree trunks of high-risk trees in the city using a resistograph, which is an instrument that detects decay and cavities in trees and timber.
Other trees included in this exercise are four rain trees located along Jalan Raja Chulan (one), Jalan Tun Razak (one) and Jalan Raja (two); six Ara trees, scientifically known as Ficus benjamina and Ficus callosal trees, located on Jalan Bukit Bintang (two), Jalan Tun Razak (two) and Jalan Pinang (two) and three Jemerlang trees (Peltophorum pterocarpum) on Jalan Kinabalu.
An Angsana tree (Pterocarpus indicus) at DBKL Seri Suasana holiday home in Port Dickson, Negri Sembilan will also be cut down.
The exercise is expected to take place in phases between June and July.
“We hope people will cooperate with us on this.
“To maintain the city’s greenery and ensure its trees are healthy and safe, the felled trees will be replaced with new ones, depending on the space available.
“If there are space constraints, the trees will be replaced with shrubs instead, ” the statement said.
The tree replanting in the city, it said, would be done according to the tree canopy management plan guidelines published in January 2019.
“DBKL came up with the guidelines as tree planting in the city is subject to many challenges including space constraints, soil quality as well as nearby structures and public facilities, ” said the statement.
The guidelines can be viewed at https://www.dbkl.gov.my/en/jabatan.pembangunan-landskap-dan-rekreasi/ — By VIJENTHI NAIR