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    Posted February 25, 2014 by
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    As part of the Water Resources Agency’s ‘Qian River Improvement Project’ at Side Rd., Wufeng District, Taichung City, building contractors have installed a raised platform in the green space to act as a riverside cycle path. However, where the path meets with trees or utility poles, the contractors have merely left narrow holes; leaving such narrow holes is like planting large trees in a small plant pot.

    Bordering the roughly 2km-long cycle path are small-leaved Terminalia trees, mango trees and flamegold trees. The long-lived, evergreen mango tree can grow to a height of 15 to 18 meters, sometimes more. After taking on-site measurements, it was discovered that the building contractors had left an opening of only 12×13 cm for the tree’s growth.

    In addition to restricting the growth of trees, the recently finished work is already showing a number of visible cracks and defects. Taiwan Tree Huggers Alliance has called on Greater Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) and those responsible for supervision of the design process to ensure that the work is brought in accordance with standard engineering specifications, that suitable spaces and optimal growing conditions are provided for trees, and that the officials involved in the project are held responsible.


    (水利局在台中市霧峰區四德路進行「乾溪河川環境營造計畫」工程,施工單位為了營造空間闢建單車道,利用原本緊鄰河岸的綠地架高搭建平台,若遇到植栽或電線桿,就開缺口或留一處非常窄小的植穴,就像把大樹種在小小的花瓶內。這條大約兩公里的單車道,沿途有小葉欖仁樹、芒果樹及台灣欒樹,以芒果樹來說是常綠大喬木,樹齡長,通常可以長成高達15到18公尺或更高,但實地測量之後,工程單位留下的樹穴僅有約十二乘以十三公分。而除了小樹被「限制生長」之外,在現場也看到才剛完工的工程就有裂縫等瑕疵。台灣護樹聯盟呼籲,台中市長胡志強和設計監造的公司按照標準工程規範,留出適當的樹穴和土壤環境給樹木生長,並追查相關官員的責任。)

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