SINGAPORE - Upgrading programmes for Housing Board estates will be ramped up, with more neighbourhoods undergoing revamps, older flats upgraded quicker, and more modern lifts with safety features.
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Here is the press release from HDB:
HDB Enhances Upgrading Programmes to Benefit More Homes and Improve Living Environment in HDB Towns
The Housing & Development Board (HDB) will make three enhancements to its upgrading programmes, to benefit more homes and improve the living environment of Singaporeans in HDB towns. Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan announced these enhancements at the HDB Awards Dinner on 10 September 2014.
Ramp up the Home Improvement Programme (HIP)
First, HDB will ramp up the HIP, to select and of fer HIP to another 100,000 flats next year, for implementation within the next two years. The pace of HIP will be stepped up from 35,000 to 50,000 flats a year. This will allow more homes to benefit from HIP earlier. With the ramp-up, HDB expects to complete selection of all eligible flats by 2018, rather than 2019. In 2015, HDB will also select flats for HIP for both 2015 and 2016 for implementation within the next two years. The early selection will help residents who plan to renovate their flats to better decide whether to wait for HIP or proceed with their own renovations first.
With the ramp up in HIP, Enhancement for Active S eniors (EASE), which is implemented with HIP, will also be stepped up. Elderly residents will benefit from EASE earlier, and enjoy grab-bars, ramps and slip-resistant treatment to floor tiles to help make their homes elderly-friendly.
Extend and Enhance the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme (NRP)
Second, HDB will extend the NRP to cover blocks b uilt up to 1995. Currently, NRP only covers blocks built up to 1989. The 6-year extension will benefit an additional 100,000 households in over 1,300 blocks. These are mostly in middle-aged towns such as Choa Chu Kang, Pasir Ris and Tampines.
HDB will also expand the scope of NRP works to include repainting of blocks and other repairs. The NRP budget will be increased from $3,400 to $4,700 per flat to fund the additional upgrading works. The expansion will allow better coordination of NRP works with the Town Council's routine maintenance programme. Blocks and precincts can then be more comprehensively rejuvenated, without inconveniencing the residents twice.
Introduce the Selective Lift Replacement Programme (SLRP)
Third, HDB will introduce a new Selective Lift Re placement Programme (SLRP) to help replace about 750 old lifts with modern lif ts that come with more energy-efficient motors, vision panels and infra-red doors with motion safety sensors for added energy efficiency, safety and security. These lifts were installed between 1987 and 1997, and are in blocks that are already barrier-free and do not need upgrading under the Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP). However, they lack certain safety and security features that come with modern lifts. HDB will help co-pay for the replacement of these lifts when the Town Council is ready to replace them. This will benefit about 33,000 households, living mostly in Choa Chu Kang and Pasir Ris towns.