How should S’pore develop Rail Corridor?

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is drawing on strong public interest for bold and fresh ideas on ways to develop the Malayan railway land that was returned to Singapore in July 2011.

It has launched an Ideas Competition “Journey of Possibilities” to address the challenges and issues in turning the Rail Corridor into an extraordinary trail that can be enjoyed by all.

The URA said the challenge is to develop visionary and compelling ideas for the Rail Corridor, along five key issues identified after extensive engagement with the public.

These are bio-diversity and sensitive development; inclusiveness, accessibility and resolving conflicts; community ownership, pride and sense of well-being; heritage and great Ideas for a public space.

The URA said since the return of the former railway land, the Rail Corridor project has garnered widespread public interest.

It said feedback has shown there are many more people out there who would like to make tangible contribution.

The competition covers a 25.3km stretch from Kranji coastal mudflats in the north to Tanjong Pagar district in the south of Singapore, as well as a 1.9km stretch of former Jurong Line which spurs off from the main line near Bukit Timah Railway Station to Ulu Pandan Canal.

There are two categories: Open, which is for all interested participants and Youth Challenge, for secondary school students.

For the Open category, three cash prizes — S$2,000, S$1,000 and S$500 — will be awarded.

Three cash prizes — S$1,000, S$500 and S$250 — will be awarded for the Youth Challenge category.

An exhibition of selected entries, including all award-winners, will be held after the competition.

Those who’re interested in the competition, which runs until 9 March 2012, can register via the Rail Corridor Ideas Competition site.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 30 2011

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