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The diamond-flower trees were removed from Aung San Suu Kyi Street in Mandalay

The diamond-flower trees were removed from Aung San Suu Kyi Street in Mandalay

Mandalay's 38th Street is the road where the connection was cut off between 78th Street and 73rd Street 7 years ago due to the military encirclement. After 2015, we were able to negotiate and it was built as a six-lane highway. This half-mile-long road was called Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Road by the locals, and can only be found as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Road on Google Maps. But the name of this road was not accepted by the military army and was only named 38th street, according to the locals.

It is known that the sein pan trees are being cut down and other plants are being planted on the side of the 38th street, which is known as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Street. Mandalay residents said that there are more than 200 sein pan trees on the road, and when the flowers blossom, the entire road turns red. Some of the uprooted sein pan trees are up to three feet in diameter and are being spared by environmentalists.

A resident said that they are cutting down large shade trees with a height of 30 to 40 feet and replacing them with 5-foot-tall Thapyay Buta trees.

“There are hundreds of sein pan trees. The fog on the side of the road allows people to take shelter. The plants are already quite big. Cutting it all out, there is no sense of a crane anymore. About thirty people and cars from the municipality carrying plants also came to work on that. Now, about two-thirds of it has been cleared.”

When the flowers blossom, the entire road is usually red with the flowers, and small yellow-flowered ThapyayButa trees are being transplanted along the road.

A local from Mandalay said that this act of cutting down trees is an act of shame for them.

"People have designated Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's road as the sein pan flowers blooming, so it must be because they don't want to be red."

A person who loves the environment considers that they are doing this only because they might have some big purpose.

"If they change the trees willingly, each tree is worth about 15 lakhs. Now it is cut like wood. I am very sad that it took so many years to become a tree. It is very bad that the sein pan tree, which is three feet around and about 30 feet high, is cut down like firewood. They only do it because they have a big purpose," he said.

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