In the pipeline

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Six ministries and agencies have unveiled plans to harness information technology and transform Singapore's landscape.

MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONSAND INFORMATION

• New Government Technology Organisation will focus on building talent and delivering digital services.

• New Info-communications Media Development Authority will better manage the sector.

• New National Cyber Security Strategy will strengthen IT security, with a Cyber Security Bill to be passed to give the authorities more power to do so.

• New Constitutional Gallery in the National Gallery will display key constitutional documents.

• National Reading Movement will be started to promote reading.


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MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES

• Reduce air pollution with tighter emissions standards.

• Strengthen regulations on food hygiene.

• Tap innovative technology to cope with increased waste management needs.

• Help industries reduce their carbon footprint and become more water- and energy-efficient.

• Review the Water Master Plan to ensure a reliable, sustainable water supply.

• Expand the ABC Waters Programme which turns water bodies into recreational spaces.

• Strengthen the role of hawker centres in the community.

MINISTRY OF NATIONALDEVELOPMENT

• Make sure young couples and the lower-income get the help they need to own their homes.

• The elderly to get help moving about more easily at home and in estates.

• Encourage inter-generational bonding by locating childcare and eldercare centres together.

• Bring more greenery to residents.

MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT

• Keep air and sea hubs competitive with major projects.

• Go car-light, with the planned North-South Expressway becoming part of a North-South Corridor with express bus lanes and a cycling trunk route to city.

• Encourage a shift to public transport by expanding capacity and improving rail reliability.

• Make it easier to walk and cycle, with more covered walkways and dedicated cycling paths.

• Keep elderly and young pedestrians safe with more "silver zones" and "school zones".

NATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE SECRETARIAT

• Reduce Singapore's emissions intensity - greenhouse gas emissions per dollar of GDP - by 36 per cent from 2005 levels, by 2030.

• Stabilise greenhouse gas emissions, with the aim of getting them to peak around 2030 and then fall (the 2030 peak is a target rather than a prediction).

• Promote green economic growth. Government to take the lead, with public sector energy and water efficiency targets.

SMART NATION PROGRAMME OFFICE

• Pilot to test smart home technology in Yuhua.

• Use mobile apps and data to help commuters.

• Make more government dataavailable.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 22, 2016, with the headline 'In the pipeline'. Print Edition | Subscribe