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Jurong makeover 'will breathe new life into estate'

Residents cheer plans, but are disappointed over delay of hospital opening

Published on Aug 19, 2014 11:24 AM
A view of the Chinese Garden and Jurong Lake area. An expanded park will combine the decades-old Chinese and Japanese gardens and the Jurong Lake Park. National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in his blog yesterday that the new gardens will be completed by 2017. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

Lake gardens in the heartland, a new science centre and maybe even Singapore's first high-speed rail station.

Jurong, the gritty industrial hub of the country, is transforming into a jewel in the west, and residents and workers in the area are cheering the prospect.

Almost all 24 Jurong residents and business owners The Straits Times spoke to said the changes would breathe new life into an old estate, though a few expressed disappointment that a planned hospital will open six months later than originally scheduled.

That aside, new plans for the Jurong Lake District include a new Science Centre, a possible terminus for the Singapore-Malaysia high-speed rail network, and an expanded park that will combine the decades-old Chinese and Japanese gardens, and the Jurong Lake Park, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced on Sunday in his National Day Rally speech.

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