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All HDB estates now barrier-free

Published on Nov 19, 2012 12:39 PM
 
Ramps and rails make moving around easier for people like wheelchair-bound Rubiah Mohd Ali, 76, seen here with neighbour Rubiah Hamid (behind) and maid Romenah. After five years of toil, the Housing Board has finally made all HDB estates barrier-free.The $23-million programme, which installs ramps and hand rails catered for the elderly and infirm so they might go walk around their neighbourhood with ease, now covers nearly 7,800 HDB blocks. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

After five years of toil, the Housing Board has finally made all HDB estates barrier-free.

The $23-million programme, which installs ramps and hand rails catered for the elderly and infirm so they might go walk around their neighbourhood with ease, now covers nearly 7,800 HDB blocks.

On his blog on Monday, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said such plans were important as the nation braces itself for an ageing population.

But the journey had not been without problems.

 
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