21,000 Mt Vernon niches to make for Bidadari estate

21,000 Mt Vernon niches to make for Bidadari estate

SINGAPORE - A cloud of uncertainty is hanging over affected funeral agencies following news that the Mount Vernon columbarium complex will have to make way for the new Bidadari estate.

The move affects some 21,000 niches there and may force two private operators out.

A smaller complex will be built to replace the current one, but it is unclear whether private operators will still be allowed to run funeral services there.

Bidadari is set to offer 10,000 new public homes and 1,000 private units, with the first few Housing Board flats to be ready in 2015.

The existing Mount Vernon complex "will be cleared to make way" for the project, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the HDB in a joint statement.

Part of the site has been set aside for a "new and modern" Mount Vernon Funeral Parlour.

This facility will be well-integrated into the surroundings to "minimise the visual impact on nearby residential buildings" and will also "serve as an extension of the park greenery".

Its development and operation will be decided at a later date.

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