Authorities looking at building a path for emergency vehicles to access Rail Corridor

Three people were injured after a large tree fell in the compound of Ulu Pandan Community Club last Saturday evening. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
All three people have since been rescued and sent to National University Hospital. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
SCDF firefighters – together with Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team rescuers – commenced rescue after ensuring the stability of the fallen tree. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - The authorities are studying whether a path can be built at the back of Ulu Pandan Community Club in Ghim Moh to allow emergency vehicles to access the Rail Corridor, said Holland-Bukit Timah GRC MP Christopher de Souza on Wednesday (Aug 24).

He said a feasibility study has begun and a possible path has been identified.

This comes after three people were injured after a large tree, believed to be an African mahogany, fell in the compound of Ulu Pandan Community Club last Saturday evening.

Rescuers had to lower themselves down a steep slope and make their way through vegetation to reach the injured victims, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force, which was alerted to the incident at about 6pm.

Mr de Souza said he chaired a virtual meeting with the SCDF, Singapore Police Force, National Parks Board and People's Association on Monday, and one of the main outcomes was the feasibility study on the access of emergency vehicles into the Rail Corridor to reduce the response time during an emergency.

He noted that the study has to look at the gradient as well as the ground conditions of the path.

Mr de Souza, who met two hospitalised victims via Zoom separately this week, said they are recovering well and are in stable condition.

The third injured person has been discharged from hospital, he said in a Facebook post on Sunday.

Mr de Souza was giving an update of the tree incident during the launch of Groceries Assist at Fei Yue Senior Activity Centre in Bukit Panjang.

The initiative, organised by the community and grassroots organisations in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC and Bukit Panjang, was rolled out to raise funds to help lower-income households and families in need to cope with the rising cost of living.

Eligible households will each be given $200 worth of supermarket vouchers in a one-off distribution from next month.

Blossom World Society, a voluntary welfare organisation headquartered in Bukit Timah division, has pledged $64,000 to the initiative to match donations from the public. The organisations involved in the initiative are hoping to raise a total of $128,000 to help more than 640 households. More than $71,000 has been raised so far.

The launch was attended by Holland-Bukit Timah MPs Vivian Balakrishnan, Sim Ann and Mr de Souza, as well as Bukit Panjang MP Liang Eng Hwa.

The initiative is organised by the community and grassroots organisations in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC and Bukit Panjang SMC.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Another Holland-Bukit Timah GRC MP, Mr Edward Chia, missed the event because he had Covid-19.

Speaking to the media, Dr Balakrishnan said that apart from the support by the Government, it is important for opportunities to be provided for the "community spirit to be expressed", especially in times of inflation and an uncertain global outlook.

"(It) doesn't matter how big or how small a contribution is, but every little bit counts (and it) is an expression of care and expression of collective social resilience," he added.

To contribute to the fund, visit this website.

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