Residents welcome tourism hub plan for Jurong Lake District but some express reservations

While residents cheer the move to turn this 7ha plot of land next to the Chinese Garden MRT station into an integrated tourism development, some worry about noise pollution or the area's parks being disturbed. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
While residents cheer the move to turn this 7ha plot of land next to the Chinese Garden MRT station into an integrated tourism development, some worry about noise pollution or the area's parks being disturbed. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Standing near the Jurong Lake Gardens, 57-year-old Benjamin Ang gestures at the large expanse of land around him and laments that it is bare and lacks vibrancy.

"Nobody comes here. It is underdeveloped," the interior designer, who has been a Jurong resident for about 12 years, said yesterday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 17, 2019, with the headline 'Residents welcome tourism hub plan but some express reservations'. Print Edition | Subscribe