Tanjong Pagar GRC launches five-year masterplan

Tanjong Pagar GRC residents can expect more improvements to their homes and neighbourhoods over the next five years.

These include the Home Improvement Project, which refurbishes ageing flats, and the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme.

These are part of the constituency’s five-year masterplan aimed at rejuvenating the ageing estate. Tanjong Pagar Town Council launched the masterplan on Saturday.

Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, who is also an MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC, said the plans will encourage community bonding and increase the value of residents’ homes.

The plans include lift upgrading for every HDB block, new linkways and more family service centres.

Work has also been ongoing to improve the estate. One project is the sprucing up of Alexandra Canal under the national Active, Beautiful and Clean or ABC Waters Programme. The project was officially opened on Saturday by Minister Mentor Lee.

The canal runs for 1.2 kilometres between Tanglin Road and Delta Road, and its features include a water cascade, lookout decks and wetlands.

Mr Lee said such projects would encourage Singaporeans to have a stake in the community.

He said: “Every time an estate gets old, we renew it. We refurbish it. Why? Because we want to increase the value of your homes, beautify the surroundings with ABC Waters, gardens and so on. So for those who have moved to condos and private property, well, they have decided that they can afford it. But 85 per cent are in HDB homes. We intend to keep the values of these homes up. They will never go down.”

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 19 Mar 2011

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