Transform part of carpark into hawker centre

In 2015, then Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu said that 10 more new hawker centres would be built (10 more hawker centres to be built; March 12, 2015). Both Bukit Panjang and Choa Chu Kang were among the areas shortlisted.

Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre opened in January 2016 and Senja Hawker Centre will be built by 2020.

Choa Chu Kang residents have been longing for their first hawker centre. Why is it still on the drawing board when Bukit Panjang will be getting a second one?

The Housing Board has built a new multi-storey carpark at Block 146A Teck Whye Avenue. It has not been used much since it opened in mid-October last year.

Why not transform the underused parts of the carpark, for example, Deck 5A, into a hawker centre, with free parking on Sundays and public holidays?

Karen Koo (Madam)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 29, 2018, with the headline 'Transform part of carpark into hawker centre'. Subscribe