Time for NParks to be held accountable, conduct proper inspections

The number of fallen trees – possibly over a hundred – must have been a record on 30 Jan.

According to a CNA report, a tipper truck driver “saw at least four fallen trees on his Seletar journey”.  A taxi passenger “saw “20-plus trees over the road”.

Despite NParks having conducted ‘proper inspections’, how could so many trees keep falling? Something is clearly not right with NParks inspection regime.

One thing for certain, it does not have sufficient resources to manage 2 million trees.  It might have already pruned/felled thousands of trees but that is clearly not the solution.

The result of insufficient resources to conduct proper inspection or prune thousands of trees.
27368571_10155323926492934_2075961482407326650_o
Pruning is frequently not the solution because most tree roots are unable to grow healthily in an urban setting.   The diameter of tree roots need to be at least the height of the tree.

Root weakness has already been confirmed by almost all fallen trees (image below).   It’s only a question of when other similar trees will fall.

27540750_10155323927062934_51003471535260289_n
If tree roots are strong, they wouldn’t have fallen during strong winds.  It wasn’t as if we were hit by a typhoon.  😉

NParks must stop blaming strong winds, ie telling half truths, because winds did not  reach gale force to fell many almost botak trees such as this one below. 😉
1nparks

If NParks had understood the urgency, it would have at least felled additional thousands of mature trees suspected to have weak roots.

Instead, NParks prioritized patting itself on the back last month, claiming it had done well.
1nparks3

Since adverse weather conditions are here to stay, NParks should provide a long-term solution.  Hopefully before another fatality occurs.

PS
No one in their right mind will suggest a treeless Singapore but NParks had better buck up as an accident is just around the corner.

Images of other fallen trees here.

Another large tree with unhealthy roots (below) fell about 2 weeks ago.
1nparks1

Why is NParks not felling thousands of trees with unhealthy roots?
INparks
1nparks

Since weak roots has been established as one of the causes of fallen trees, owners of damaged vehicles may want to consider taking action against NParks.
1nparks4

Waiting for injuries to be reported?

1nparks1

 

 

This entry was posted in NPARKS. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s