The National Heritage Board (NHB), does not plan to gazette Fort Tanjong Katong for the time being, said the Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts.
This was the reply of Rear Admiral (Radm) Lui Tuck Yew in response to Member of Parliament, Mr Lim Biow Chuan's question on the preservation of Fort Tanjong Katong.
In 2008, then Preservation of Monuments Board (PMB) recommended to keep the archaeological remains of the Fort buried. However, NParks will keep the southeast Caponier, the most significant feature of the Fort, on display.
Minister Lui explained that this is "in line with conservation practice, to protect it from damage by further weathering or human interference."
"As there are considerable costs involved in undertaking full excavations to expose the structures and long term maintenance of such excavated structures, NParks will keep the Fort buried for the time being."
Excavation works conducted in 2005 to ascertain the full extent of the underground Fort found that part of the old Fort is located outside the Katong Park boundary and extends into State Land that is currently zoned for Residential Use.
He said: "There was no immediate threat to the Fort since there were no plans to develop the neighbouring residential site."
Minister Lui also said: "The public can be assured that the PMB will continue to work closely with the agencies involved to address the long term future of the Fort, and ensure that its historical significance is appropriately recognised."
"Should there be any new developments affecting the site, NParks and URA would alert PMB, which would then decide on the direction for future archaeological investigations and preservation strategy to be adopted.
"I understand that the then PMB had also met with MP Lim Biow Chuan and members of the Mountbatten Citizen's Consultative Committee to convey their decision to maintain the status quo for the Fort," he added.