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New Bukit Panjang hawker centre breaks ground, to serve up affordable food in 2015

Artist's impression of the upcoming Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre and Market, which will be located near Al-Iman Mosque and Block 259 in Bukit Panjang Road. -- ST PHOTO: HDB
Artist's impression of the upcoming Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre and Market, which will be located near Al-Iman Mosque and Block 259 in Bukit Panjang Road. -- ST PHOTO: HDB
Artist's impression of the upcoming Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre and Market, which will be located near Al-Iman Mosque and Block 259 in Bukit Panjang Road. -- ST PHOTO: HDB 
Artist's impression of the upcoming Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre and Market, which will be located near Al-Iman Mosque and Block 259 in Bukit Panjang Road. -- ST PHOTO: HDB 
An elderly man passes by the area where the new Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre will be built on Nov 3, 2013. The hawker centre will be the first standalone centre to be completed in 2015.  -- ST PHOTO : MARK CHEONG
An elderly man passes by the area where the new Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre will be built on Nov 3, 2013. The hawker centre will be the first standalone centre to be completed in 2015.  -- ST PHOTO : MARK CHEONG
Bukit Panjang residents look at an artist's impression of the Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre after the groundbreaking ceremony held on Nov 3, 2013. The hawker centre will be the first standalone centre to be completed in 2015. -- ST PHOTO:  MARK CH
Bukit Panjang residents look at an artist's impression of the Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre after the groundbreaking ceremony held on Nov 3, 2013. The hawker centre will be the first standalone centre to be completed in 2015. -- ST PHOTO:  MARK CHEONG
 Minister for Environment and Water Resources Dr Vivian Balakrishnan (left) looks at an artist's impression of the Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre after the groundbreaking ceremony held on Nov 3, 2013. Beside him is Toh Kok Soon of sqft Architects.
 Minister for Environment and Water Resources Dr Vivian Balakrishnan (left) looks at an artist's impression of the Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre after the groundbreaking ceremony held on Nov 3, 2013. Beside him is Toh Kok Soon of sqft Architects. The hawker centre will be the first standalone centre to be completed in 2015.  -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG 
(From left to right) National Environment Agency CEO Mr Ronnie Tay, Bukit Panjang Constituency MP Dr Teo Ho Pin, Minister for Environment and Water Resources Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, MP for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC (Zhenghua) Mr Liang Eng Hwa, and CEO
(From left to right) National Environment Agency CEO Mr Ronnie Tay, Bukit Panjang Constituency MP Dr Teo Ho Pin, Minister for Environment and Water Resources Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, MP for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC (Zhenghua) Mr Liang Eng Hwa, and CEO of NTUC Foodfare Mr Perry Ong, pictured at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new hawker centre to be built in Bukit Panjang, on Nov 3, 2013. The Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre will be the first standalone centre to be completed in 2015.  -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

The new Bukit Panjang hawker centre - the first of 10 planned centres - will have green features, parking and a variety of affordable dishes available all day.

Its manager NTUC Foodfare will ask stall applicants to submit their proposed prices, concept and operating hours as part of its tender process, said its chief executive Perry Ong. "While we intend to have the best food here, we will ensure that the food centre has a good selection of basic and affordable food to help moderate the cost of living," he said.

The hawker centre is expected to open in the second half of 2015 and will have 28 cooked food stalls, 14 market stalls and 15 lock-up stalls. Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan was the guest of honour at its ground-breaking ceremony on Sunday.

Construction for the other nine new hawker centres will start in 2014 and 2015, and all are expected to be completed by 2017.