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A department is rapped for its deficiencies

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How many trees and bushes did the Highway Department uproot from a road leading to Khao Yai National Park when it doubled the traffic lanes to four last year? One, two, 1,000 _ or thousands? 

The Anti-Global Warming Association (AGWA) and its allies, comprising environmentalists and residents living along that 2-kilometre-long section of Thanarat Road in Pak Chong district, Nakhon Ratchasima, counted at least 10,000 - old and young, big and small. Some had been there for 30 and even 50 years.

Don't worry about the real figure. We should let the department do the counting. Only the agency knows the exact figure as it recorded all of the trees on Dec 14, 2009, before removing them to clear the way for the construction of the 9.7-million-baht project, which was completed last year, to ease traffic jams and make the road more pleasant for motorists.

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