Nine more private housing estates to be upgraded at estimated cost of $20m

Lentor is among the nine private estates included in the latest round of the Government's Estate Upgrading Programme. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Lentor is among the nine private estates included in the latest round of the Government's Estate Upgrading Programme. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Nine private housing estates, all over 30 years old, will be upgraded in the ninth batch of the Estate Upgrading Programme with an estimated cost of $20 million, the Ministry of National Development said on Friday.

They are Clover Estate in Bishan, Lentor Estate in Yio Chu Kang, Thomson Faber Island Gardens, Toh Tuck Estate, Meng Suan/Springleaf Estates in Mandai, Happy Gardens in Macpherson, Sea Breeze Garden in Simei, Toh Estate in Loyang, and Jalan Merbok, Jalan Layang-Layang, Jalan Kakatua, Jalan Selating, Jalan Rajawali and Shamah Terrace Estate.

More than 4,800 households are expected to benefit when upgrading takes place in three to four years' time.

Since 2000, $167 million has been spent to upgrade 54 private estates in the eight batches of the Estate Upgrading Programme. Upgrading works include providing footpath lighting and safety railings, covering drains to create footpaths, creating barrier free access with facilities such as ramps, improving estate landscaping and parks, and installing estate markets to give a sense of estate identity.

Before the upgrading takes place, the Neighbourhood Committees or the Citizens' Consultative Committees will conduct surveys or dialogues with residents to gather views and ideas.

"This is truly a collaborative effort, with residents taking ownership and playing an active role in deciding what improvements they hope to see in their estates to make the living environment better for all," said Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman, chairman of the Estate Upgrading Programme Committee and Minister of State for National Development and Defence.

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