If the Government decides to run the Cross Island MRT Line under the Central Catchment Nature Reserve instead of skirting the forest, thus saving the $2 billion in extra cost ("$2b extra cost if MRT line skirts reserve"; Feb 22), I hope the money saved will go into a fund.
If that is the final decision, I hope the Government will use the savings to fund conservation and restoration activities.
The Government could set this sum of money up as a trust.
Any money taken from the trust for approved conservation and protection projects must be backed by dollar-for-dollar matching support from the private sector.
This would create a win-win situation for all and can, hopefully, assuage the concerns of environmentalists and conservationists who are against the MRT line entering the nature reserve.
Tan Kok Tim