SINGAPORE - The plan to improve the area was announced by Minister in the Prime Minister's Office S. Iswaran at a neighbourhood carnival organised by West Coast Ville Residents' Committee yesterday.
"If you remember, last year because of a particularly heavy rainfall, we had some flooding as well," said Mr Iswaran, who is also adviser to grassroots organisations in the West Coast area.
"We have been working with PUB... so that the flooding will not happen again."
About 600m of the Sungei Pandan Kechil canal between West Coast Road and the Ayer Rajah Expressway will be widened and deepened to improve drainage. A stretch of covered drain leading to it will also be upgraded.
Features such as gathering decks will also be built to provide space for community events.
The upgrading works are being carried out under national water agency PUB's Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters programme, a nationwide project to improve Singapore's waterways.
Work on Sungei Pandan Kechil is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2017.
At the carnival, Mr Iswaran also announced a West Coast Town Council project to provide a new jogging track in about a year.
He also briefly ran through the health-care benefits of the Pioneer Generation Package announced earlier this year. "The purpose of this is to give our pioneer generation citizens peace of mind, because many of them are concerned about health and the cost of health care," he said.
One resident who is looking forward to the new features is Mr Kent Chan, an associate director at a property agency. "Work keeps me very busy and I have no time to run," said the 55-year-old. "Hopefully all these will stimulate me to start jogging and cycling again."
This article was published on April 21 in The Straits Times.
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