28 trees identified as high risk, according to DBKL

KUALA LUMPUR: Certified arborists appointed by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) have identified 28 trees in the city as high-risk during its latest periodic inspection.

DBKL said these trees would soon be felled, following scheduled checks on trees 30 years old or older, or those with a girth greater than 1.5m, around Kuala Lumpur since 2019.

“So far, a total of 175 trees have been identified as high risk, most of them over 50 years old. Of this number, 147 trees were felled.

“Our last tree inspection in February identified 28 high-risk trees in the city and they will soon be felled,” a statement said yesterday.

DBKL added that these high-risk trees were identified through the use of resistographs, Picus sonic tomographs or visual assessments to detect damaged or rotten branches or roots, leaning or unbalanced tree structures and cracks in branches and bases of trees.

“High-risk trees refer to those with a high potential for structural failure and falling.

“Corrective measures such as pruning, crown reduction, selective pruning as well as felling will be taken if necessary,” he adds.

DBKL also said it used the DBKL Shade Tree Management Plan published in January 2019.

“This plan has been formulated with various agencies such as the National Landscape Department, Malaysian Arborists Association, Forestry Research Institute Malaysia, Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia, Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia , Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia.

“The tree risk assessment involves three steps taking into account the physical condition of the trees.

“If the physical condition of the trees is not satisfactory, a further assessment will be carried out.”

On May 7, a large 50-year-old tree fell on Jalan Sultan Ismail, killing one man and injuring two others, in addition to damaging 17 vehicles and disrupting monorail services.

DBKL said the fallen tree was on private land, with maintenance being the responsibility of the landowner.

For queries related to the latest incident, applicants can call 03-2617 9509 (Finance Department) or 03-2617 9236 (Legal and Prosecution Department).

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