The Straits Times
Published on Nov 15, 2012

MPs ask about wait for lift upgrading


MPs lobbied the Ministry of National Development on Thursday for faster completion of lift upgrading works in their wards on Thursday and asked the Government to do more for those blocks where lift upgrading is technically infeasible.

Both Workers' Party MP Png Eng Huat (Hougang SMC) and PAP MP Christopher de Souza (Holland-Bukit Timah GRC) said that some blocks in their wards have been waiting for years for their lifts to be upgraded.

In response, Senior Minister of State for National Development Lee Yi Shyan gave his assurance that all lift upgrading works are still on track to be completed by 2014, which is when the programme is slated to wrap up. He also said that for any given block, it typically takes a year to go from the announcement of the programme to the polling exercise and then two and a half years from the polling exercise to the completion of works.

Mr Png said that the wait for some blocks in Hougang had exceeded the timeline.