Capacity of public amenities must keep up with 'localised crowding'
THE Government has planned for additional MRT lines to increase the commuter load capacity to prepare for a projected 6.9 million population by 2030.
While this will help ease overcrowding on existing lines, it does not help to resolve what I call "future localised overcrowding" at specific MRT stations and their surrounding areas.
Take, for example, Orchard MRT station. Should the population grow to 6.9 million, one can just imagine how crowded the station would be.
The station was not built to handle a drastic increase in population. One can even argue that the additional train lines would worsen the overcrowding by bringing more people to the area.
The same goes for amenities in housing estates. The Government has said that some residential areas will be rebuilt to house more people, essentially creating denser housing estates.
However, it is not enough just to build more flats to house a bigger population. The Government has to take into account the capacity of the surrounding roads and their ability to handle potentially more vehicles.
The capacity of amenities such as public swimming pools, sports stadiums, coffee shops, hawker centres and markets must also be increased to serve a bigger population in each housing estate.
Otherwise, residents will increasingly feel "crowded out" and the quality of life will eventually suffer.