The Straits Times
Published on Nov 14, 2012

Downtown Line cost may not hit revised $20.7b


The construction cost for the Downtown Line will increase from the original budgeted $12 billion but it may not go as high as the revised estimate of $20.7 billion if market prices remain at the current levels.

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said this in Parliament on Wednesday when asked by members why the budget for the line had increased so significantly from the original estimate in 2007.

Mr Lui in responding to MP (Hougang) Png Eng Huat and Non-Constituency MP Yee Jenn Jong, said that higher construction costs came primarily from the increase in prices of key materials like steel bars and concrete.

Additional enhancements made to the line, like extra station entrances, also added to the extra cost. Mr Lui explained that price fluctuation clauses were included in all major construction tenders.