Use savings from MRT line to fund conservation work

If the Government decides to run the Cross Island MRT Line under the Central Catchment Nature Reserve instead of skirting the forest, thus saving the $2 billion in extra cost ("$2b extra cost if MRT line skirts reserve"; Feb 22), I hope the money saved will go into a fund.

If that is the final decision, I hope the Government will use the savings to fund conservation and restoration activities.

The Government could set this sum of money up as a trust.

Any money taken from the trust for approved conservation and protection projects must be backed by dollar-for-dollar matching support from the private sector.

This would create a win-win situation for all and can, hopefully, assuage the concerns of environmentalists and conservationists who are against the MRT line entering the nature reserve.

Tan Kok Tim