HDB to try out mechanised carparks at three estates

Minister Khaw Boon Wan and other guests were at the site where the mechanised carpark will eventually be built at Blk 259A Bukit Panjang Ring Road. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Minister Khaw Boon Wan and other guests were at the site where the mechanised carpark will eventually be built at Blk 259A Bukit Panjang Ring Road. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
A mechanised high-rise carpark will be built at the green patch of grass in front of the current multi-storey carpark at Bukit Panjang as part of a trial to see if such carparks are suitable for Housing Board estates. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
A mechanised high-rise carpark will be built at the green patch of grass in front of the current multi-storey carpark at Bukit Panjang as part of a trial to see if such carparks are suitable for Housing Board estates. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - Residents at Bukit Panjang, Changi and Yishun will get some relief from parking woes next year.

The Housing Board (HDB) has started building high-rise mechanised carparks as tall as 15 storeys at these three estates, as part of a trial to see if mechanised parking systems (MPS) are suitable for HDB estates.

Costing more than $18 million in total, mechanised carparks at these estates will add 219 parking spaces, up from 717 currently. These estates were picked because of a shortage of parking spaces and the lack of space to build new multi-storey carparks.

"The MPS is not new in Singapore: several private condos and hotels have it. But it will be new in a HDB town," wrote National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan in his blog on Sunday afternoon. He was at the Bukit Panjang HDB estate to launch the construction of a new 15-storey mechanised carpark at Bangkit Road, next to an existing multi-storey carpark.

Carpark charges will remained unchanged for the trial, said HDB. HDB residents currently pay $65 a month to park their cars at unsheltered carparks and $90 per month at sheltered ones.