When public walkways, shelters fall short of expectations

Experts, MPs call for proactive approach even as govt agencies work on coordination

A staircase now allows fully sheltered access from a walkway to a bus stop at the Waterway Sundew estate in Punggol (left), while a covered walkway that stopped 10m short of the entrance to Khatib MRT station was brought to Parliament's attention in
A staircase now allows fully sheltered access from a walkway to a bus stop at the Waterway Sundew estate in Punggol (left), while a covered walkway that stopped 10m short of the entrance to Khatib MRT station was brought to Parliament's attention in 2017.PHOTOS: ST FILE, HDB

The multi-storey carpark at the Waterway Sundew estate in Punggol boasts what resident Katherine calls an "open-top concept" - a breezy ceiling located, curiously, on the first floor.

"So on rainy days, you will be totally drenched walking to the carpark," said the mother of two, who wanted to be known only by her first name, of the carpark at Block 661 Edgedale Plains.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 28, 2020, with the headline 'When public walkways, shelters fall short of expectations'. Subscribe