The Housing and Development Board (HDB) has committed another S$550 million to upgrade the living environment for another 54,000 homes in three middle-aged towns – Pasir Ris, Tampines and Hougang.
Launching the HDB’s 50th anniversary celebrations at Tampines Town on Sunday, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said the government has already spent S$540 million in these three towns to the benefit of some 67,000 homes.
He stressed that as long as Singapore has the financial resources, the government will continue to upgrade and rejuvenate the housing estates.
And to keep up with the transformation of residential areas, supporting facilities like commercial and social areas will also be upgraded.
Mr Teo said Loyang Point in Pasir Ris will be upgraded at year’s end, with 40 new shops being added.
He said: “The result of all these efforts will be a better living environment for everyone, and towns that we can proudly call our own. Our HDB flats are not just flats, they are homes that root us to our community. People are at the very centre of every HDB development.
“While the physical transformation of the public housing landscape has been impressive, the kampong spirit must also be preserved and nurtured.”
Mr Teo, who’s also MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, said it has been an experience to work with the HDB, grassroots and community leaders in improving neighbourhoods, and help new residents settle into their new homes.
Source : Channel NewsAsia – 25 Jul 2010