Construction work near homes not allowed on Sundays, Public Holidays by Sep 2011

From September 2011, construction work will not be allowed near residential areas on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Environment and Water Resources Minister Yaacob Ibrahim said this change will be phased in to give the construction industry time to adjust.

The number of complaints about construction noise on Sundays and Public Holidays has gone up.

Last year, the National Environment Agency received 14,000 complaints, up from 12,000 the year before, and 9,000 in 2007.

So from September, sites starting work will not be allowed to carry out construction activities from 10pm the night before a Sunday or Public Holiday to 10am that day.

NEA will extend this prohibition to the rest of the day on Sunday and Public Holidays for sites starting work from September 2011.

This is for sites within 150 metres of residential areas and noise sensitive developments.

Right now, only quiet activities like painting and plastering are allowed near residential areas after 10pm.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 8 Mar 2010

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