Extensive preparatory work needed before construction

Slated to be completed by end-2026, the 350km Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR is expected to cut travel time between the two cities to 90 minutes.
Slated to be completed by end-2026, the 350km Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR is expected to cut travel time between the two cities to 90 minutes.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/LAND TRANSPORT AUTHORITY

We thank Mr Ong Kee Hwee for his feedback (Don't acquire land, then leave it idle; Feb 14).

The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (KL-Singapore HSR) project is complex and requires extensive site surveys and preparatory works before actual construction can proceed.

Jurong Country Club's (JCC) land was handed over to the state on Feb 1 last year.

Since then, SG HSR has been conducting extensive work on-site, including soil investigations and the preparation of JCC for demolition works, so that development works can begin on schedule.

There are similar considerations for Raffles Country Club (RCC), given the complexity and tight development timeframe for the KL-Singapore HSR and the western depot projects.

To meet the development schedule, preparation works for the site will begin by July 31 this year, when RCC is due to hand over physical possession of the land to the state.

Thong Wai Lin

Assistant Chief Executive

Singapore Land Authority

Rama Venkta

Managing Director

SG HSR

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 19, 2018, with the headline 'Extensive preparatory work needed before construction'. Print Edition | Subscribe