In this era of climate change, I was alarmed to hear that up to three dozen big trees could be removed along Jalan Masjid Negeri (“Green” Lane) to make way for another car lane. (Update: Apparently, 16 trees could be involved or ‘transplanted’, not 33 as reported – but how many of these transplanted trees will survive?) This is the stretch across the road from the MacDonald’s outlet.
This road-widening project is expected to cost some RM15m. Is this the best use of our limited funds? Would it really solve our traffic problems? For how long?
In the past, certain people had to work hard to convince the JKR to save those trees. Back then, the Malayan Nature Society protested that Green Lane road-widening would cut down many trees, and it documented all this with photos. They apparently met the then Penang state ExCo member Khor Gark Kim about this and following that, he asked the JKR to change the alignment and spare the trees.
That’s why the double carriage-way road meanders along Green Lane, weaving its way past the trees, have you noticed?
And now we want to “relocate” or “transplant” the trees so easily? Apparently, some trees could be relocated a few metres away and others transplanted. But what is the survival rate of trees previously transplanted or relocated?
Penangites who care for our trees, please tell your elected reps that you DON’T want to see trees removed just like that, just to make way for more cars in our already congested island. Please make your feelings known.
The photos below show some of the trees before they were removed to make way for road-widening near the Green Lane-Udini roundabout. How many of those trees survived the uprooting and transplanting?