Relocation of niches

Contractor replacing quartz plaques

It is contacting next of kin to find out if they want marble plaques as originally promised

A worker from SLS 518 installing a plaque at Mandai Columbarium late last month. SLS 518 was awarded an NEA tender last year to relocate 20,000 niches at the Mount Vernon Columbarium Complex. The terms required the company to provide marble plaques,
A worker from SLS 518 installing a plaque at Mandai Columbarium late last month. SLS 518 was awarded an NEA tender last year to relocate 20,000 niches at the Mount Vernon Columbarium Complex. The terms required the company to provide marble plaques, but quartz was used for 8,600 niches.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

A company contracted to provide marble plaques but used quartz for 8,600 niches in the Mount Vernon Columbarium relocation exercise is contacting the dead people's next of kin to see if they want the plaques replaced with marble ones that were originally promised.

SLS 518 was awarded a National Environment Agency (NEA) tender last year to relocate 20,000 niches at the Mount Vernon Columbarium Complex, which is making way for the upcoming Bidadari estate. The bulk of the niches are being re-housed at government columbaria in Mandai and Choa Chu Kang.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 08, 2018, with the headline 'Contractor replacing quartz plaques'. Subscribe