Government considering new green belt

The possibility of a “Green Corridor” on the island’s north-south strip of railway land is being seriously considered, according to Brigadier-General (NS) Tan Chuan Jin, Minister of State for National Development.

BG Tan has revealed in a Facebook post that the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and National Parks Board have been in negotiations with the Nature Society of Singapore (NSS) over various interest groups’ proposal to convert the land into a continuously recreational space.

“I believe that there are exciting possibilities to bring Singaporeans together as we embark on this journey to create our home, even as we preserve our environment and heritage,” BG Tan said in his blog.

Currently owned by Malaysia’s Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM), the 173.7 ha tract of land will be returned to Singapore on 1 July. Around 40 km of railway is currently situated on it — 26 km from Tanjong Pagar to Woodlands and at least another 14 km of empty line from Clementi to Jurong.

BG Tan noted that the authorities will meet members of the interest groups soon and “outreach efforts” will start in earnest in due course.

Source : PropertyGuru – 16 Jun 2011

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