HIP II, Vers must be planned well: Experts

Coordination necessary so flats due for voluntary redevelopment are not upgraded just before that

Above: A supervisor inspecting a toilet with elder-friendly features installed under the Enhancement for Active Seniors programme, which is part of the Home Improvement Programme (HIP). Left: A supervisor inspecting the gate of a Jurong flat under th
A supervisor inspecting the gate of a Jurong flat under the HIP.ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM
Above: A supervisor inspecting a toilet with elder-friendly features installed under the Enhancement for Active Seniors programme, which is part of the Home Improvement Programme (HIP). Left: A supervisor inspecting the gate of a Jurong flat under th
A supervisor inspecting a toilet with elder-friendly features installed under the Enhancement for Active Seniors programme, which is part of the Home Improvement Programme (HIP). ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM

A programme to upgrade every Housing Board flat after 60 years should be planned such that it does not take place in blocks right before they undergo a new voluntary redevelopment scheme, said experts and MPs.

Their comments come a day after the National Day Rally, when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the multibillion-dollar Home Improvement Programme (HIP) II. It upgrades all flats that are 60 to 70 years old for a second time.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 21, 2018, with the headline 'HIP II, Vers must be planned well: Experts'. Print Edition | Subscribe