The issue of blocks ineligible for the Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) was raised by Member of Parliament Yeo Guat Kwang again during the Ministry of National Development (MND) committee of supply debate last week.
Mr Yeo noted that there are about 200 blocks around Singapore that are unable to benefit from the LUP because of costs or architecture.
The Ang Mo Kio GRC MP said there are four blocks in his ward that are ineligible for the programme. These include blocks of eight maisonette units, which would bust the $30,000-per-unit limit set by the HDB to upgrade.
Mr Yeo also asked the ministry to consider innovative methods such as hydraulic lifts or lift chairs on a case-by-case basis, for households that urgently need a lift.
In an interview with The New Paper, Mr Yeo said that some residents, such as those who are immobile but need to go for hospital appointments, might find these temporary solutions useful.
"An alternative is better than no choice. I am working with the authorities to look into any possibilities," said Mr Yeo.
In response to Mr Yeo in Parliament, Senior Minister of State for National Development, Mr Lee Yi Shyan, said HDB will continue to look for new technology to overcome existing technical and cost constraints.
"Meanwhile, residents who require direct lift access due to medical conditions can approach HDB for special assistance," he said.
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