Temporary foreign workers’ dorm in Serangoon to open in Nov

The temporary foreign workers’ dormitory in Serangoon Gardens is expected to open in November this year.

Second Finance Minister Lim Hwee Hua, who is also the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC, was speaking to reporters at a community event in the area on Saturday.

The temporary foreign workers’ dormitory is located at Burghley Drive. Residents in the area had raised concerns about the dorm’s location.

The National Development Ministry had agreed to suggestions put forth by residents over the building of the dorm, such as restricting mass activities after 10.30pm, putting plants to screen the site from nearest homes, and locating pick-up and drop-off points within the site.

But the government did not agree to construct a direct ramp linking the dormitory to the Central Expressway due to safety reasons.

Mrs Lim, who was recently given a site tour by the operator, said the residents’ committee will continue to work with government agencies on some of the outstanding issues.

But she added that the true test will come when the dormitory starts operations.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 26 Sep 2009

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