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GEORGE TOWN: THE Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) has embarked on a Greening Project along Jalan Dato Keramat.
Over 180 trees will be planted along the 1.4km stretch from the Dato Keramat police station to the Jalan Gurdwara intersection.
Besides the trees, 10,000 Acalypha siamensis shrubs will form a "spine" along the arterial road.
The trees, currently at a height of three metres, are expected to grow up to six metres upon maturity after five years. They will provide a natural canopy for the entire stretch.
State Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said 25 trees were planted on the first stretch near the police station.
He said civil works such as building of curbs have been completed and the entire greening project is expected to be completed this November.
Chow said the trees will serve as thermal filters to lower the temperature in the area.
"What we are doing here is to provide a greener Penang for our younger generation, continuing what our forefathers had done with the old shady trees we have in most places," he said.
MPPP recreation, tourism and international affairs director Mohamed Akbar Mustapha said four varieties of trees will be planted -- Nees (Neolitsea zeylanica), Star Apple (Chrysophyllum cainito), Salam (Syzgium polyanthum) and Penaga Lilin (Messua ferrea).
He said the project cost RM324,000 which includes the construction of curbs on the road.
The council had previously embarked on a similar project at Lebuh Carnarvon and at Pengkalan Weld.
On another note, Chow called on the private sector to donate towards the building of new green lungs and greenery projects by the council.
"We ask the private sector to sponsor green projects as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility efforts," he said.
He said the council was currently working on a greenery project at Bandar Baru Air Itam and the Bayan Baru roundabout and hoped the private sector can contribute to these ecological campaign.