Rebuild HDB blocks unsuitable for lift upgrading

The Ministry of National Development reported it would be testing new unconventional lift systems in about 200 blocks of HDB flats. Above is an HDB flat lift in Hougang Avenue 3.
The Ministry of National Development reported it would be testing new unconventional lift systems in about 200 blocks of HDB flats. Above is an HDB flat lift in Hougang Avenue 3.PHOTO: ST FILE

The Ministry of National Development recently reported that it was testing new unconventional lift systems for about 200 blocks of HDB flats that are not suited to have lifts on every floor ("Solutions on trial for HDB blocks unsuited for lift upgrading"; July 15).

These lift systems may not be as efficient as conventional ones, are slower and may be more costly.

This will not only fail to meet the residents' expectations but will also put the ministry and HDB on the losing side, despite spending more public funds.

I suggest that the ministry and HDB consider demolishing the affected blocks and rebuilding them with new facilities to meet all future needs. The affected residents can be offered the choice of a new flat.

This will result in happy residents and also reduce public spending on building new lifts for ageing flats.

Lim Tong Wah