37 families in Katong to move out of state land by end of 2020 for restoration and repair works

Residents to move out by end-December next year for major restoration and repair works to be carried out

Madam Hasana has lived in Jalan Binjai for 44 years. By end-2020, she has to move out of the estate to facilitate upgrading works.
Mr Barkath Ali Abu Bakar and his grandmother Hasana Ahmad at her house in Jalan Binjai earlier this month. Madam Hasana, who is the longest-staying resident in the Katong estate, will have to say goodbye to her home when her lease is up in December n
Mr Barkath Ali Abu Bakar and his grandmother Hasana Ahmad at her house in Jalan Binjai earlier this month. Madam Hasana, who is the longest-staying resident in the Katong estate, will have to say goodbye to her home when her lease is up in December next year.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

For the past 44 years, 85-year-old Madam Hasana Ahmad has set up a tent outside her home for Hari Raya celebrations - inviting up to 500 family members, friends and neighbours.

But next year's celebrations could be the last to be held in the place she has called home for 44 years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 22, 2019, with the headline '37 families to be affected as SLA reclaims state land in Katong'. Subscribe