PUB to build diversion canal to protect Orchard Road belt from floods
Published on May 22, 2014 11:08 AM
SINGAPORE - National Water Agency PUB will begin to build the Stamford Diversion Canal in the third quarter of the year, as part of a plan to strengthen flood protection for the Orchard Road shopping belt.
The new diversion canal will connect the upstream section of Stamford Canal, which covers Orchard Road, to the Singapore River. On completion, water collected from the upstream catchment section of the Stamford Canal will flow into the new diversion canal towards Singapore River and then into Marina Reservoir.
At 2km long, the new diversion canal will run from Tanglin Road along Grange Road to the Singapore River. It will pass by Hoot Kiam Road, Irwell Bank Road, and Kim Seng Road. Work on the entire diversion canal is expected to be completed by 2017.
Mr Tan Nguan Sen, PUB's director of catchment and waterways, said these measures are to help Singapore cope with more intense rainfall.
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