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MPs seek solutions to ensure all floors have lift facility

Published on Apr 15, 2014 8:39 AM
This block (above) in Hougang Avenue 5 is among the 200 blocks islandwide that are unable to benefit from the Lift Upgrading Programme because of cost or architectural reasons. Mr Lee Yi Shyan said MND is "piloting some possible (new technological) solutions. -- TNP FILE PHOTO

As the end of the Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) draws near, some MPs have again called for new ways to tackle the issue of those blocks left without a lift facility on every floor.

The $5.5 billion programme, which ends in December, has provided lift facility on every floor in 5,000, or 98 per cent, of Housing Board flats in the past 13 years.

But doing the same for the remaining 200 blocks would be very costly, given their configuration and technical constraints, Senior Minister of State for National Development Lee Yi Shyan said in Parliament yesterday.

"We are piloting some possible (new technological) solutions," he said.

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