Falling fruits in public areas pose hazard

It is good that the National Parks Board (NParks) is planting fruit trees to give diversity to our green landscape. But the fruits from these trees during the fruiting season create problems when they are not properly taken care of.

For example, there are many mango trees planted along Yishun Ring Road and as it is the season now, many mangoes, each weighing about half a kilogram, fall from the trees at some height.

Pedestrians and road users are at risk. The fallen fruits are a hazard to cyclists and motorcyclists, who may slip and fall when their vehicles run over them. These fruits also make a mess on the ground and give out an unpleasant odour when they rot.

I suggest that NParks harvest such fruits and give them to welfare homes and other deserving beneficiaries.

As for the current situation, which government agency is responsible for cleaning up the mess from fallen fruits?

Edward Lim Yew Sih

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 12, 2015, with the headline 'Falling fruits in public areas pose hazard'. Print Edition | Subscribe