Development of Mandai area to be "sustainable and sensitive to natural environment"

Development of Mandai area to be "sustainable and sensitive to natural environment"
The Government has plans to redevelop Mandai, including extending the zoo into the land next to the nature reserve, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Thursday night.

SINGAPORE - In response to media queries on the Government's plans to redevelop Mandai, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said in a joint statement with the National Parks Board (NParks) that it is still working out the development plans for Mandai and will share more information when ready.

Speaking on a live television interview yesterday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that there are plans to extend the zoo into the land next to the nature reserve and also suggested moving Jurong Birdpark to Mandai.

STB said in the joint statement that the Mandai area, with its existing wildlife attractions, has the potential to be developed into a precinct of nature-themed attractions for education and recreation, and green public spaces for Singaporeans to enjoy and appreciate nature.

NParks said that it will be guiding the development so that it is "sustainable and sensitive to the natural environment."

NParks added that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) will need to be undertaken to avoid or mitigate any impact of the development on the Nature Reserves and reservoirs.

"The development should not encroach on the Nature Reserves and reservoirs," it said.

"Through sensitive design and management, the development could potentially strengthen and enhance the Nature Reserves."

The Government will be seeking views from nature groups to ensure the sustainable development of the area.

yamadak@sph.com.sg

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