Teck Ghee in Ang Mo Kio is next estate for HDB green project

The green initiatives that will be rolled out in Teck Ghee.
The green initiatives that will be rolled out in Teck Ghee. PHOTO: HDB

SINGAPORE - More than 5,800 households in Teck Ghee in Ang Mo Kio can look forward to environmentally friendly features in their neighbourhood.

The Housing Board (HDB) announced on Saturday that the estate has been earmarked for its second HDB Greenprint project, which aims to fit existing public housing estates with environmentally friendly technology.

It will cost $38.3 million, more than the $23 million pilot in Jurong's Yuhua estate.

Over the next three years, works will be carried out to equip 40 blocks in Teck Ghee - Blocks 401 to 421 and 456 to 476 - with features such as an automated waste collection system, smart lighting, rooftop solar panels, added greenery and more cycling paths.

Energy-saving lighting in common areas will also be fitted with sensors that can read human traffic patterns and dim the lights when no one is about.

Dr Lam Pin Min, Minister of State for Health and MP for Sengkang West SMC, said there will also be enhanced cycling and pedestrian paths as well as secure bicycle parking racks.

He said: "Families can spend more quality time strolling or cycling together, for a healthier lifestyle."

Secondary school teacher and father of two Thetchnamuthi Dharmalingam, 59, who has lived in Teck Ghee for 15 years, said: "My boys cycle often, so it's good to have more paths for them. It's safer too. I feel proud that my old estate is getting a makeover."