Why no lifts for pioneers?

Why no lifts for pioneers?
A stairwell at Block 363 in Hougang Avenue 5. It is among the 200 blocks islandwide that are unable to benefit from the lift upgrading programme (LUP) because of cost or architectural reasons.

I was surprised to read that the residents of Block 363, Hougang Avenue 5 would not be eligible for lift upgrading ("Just one item on their 'wish-lift'", The New Paper, March 19).

Elderly residents with health issues have raised concerns about the difficulty of climbing the stairs to their flats.

What surprised me was that the budget cap was the main issue.

We have the Government saluting the pioneers by offering them health packages and other benefits.

Yet, this lift upgrading seems to be blocked just because of the money that will be required.

How can the residents in some blocks be denied the facilities that their neighbours enjoy?

Don't they all pay the conservancy charges?

As our population is ageing, lift upgrading should be across the board for all blocks.

Rosalind David


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