Neighbourhood renewal programme under review

Neighbourhood renewal programme under review

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of National Development will consider extending the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme (NRP) to flats built in the early 1990s, said minister Khaw Boon Wan in Parliament yesterday.

Currently, only flats built before December 1989 and which have not undergone other major upgrading programmes are eligible.

Mr Khaw said that if an extension is made, priority will be given to towns, such as those in the Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, which have not benefited from the main or interim upgrading programmes.

"Now that we have crossed the three-quarter mark, it is timely to review the original set of selection criteria," he said.

Launched in 2007, about 140,000 flats - or 75 per cent - of 187,000 eligible flats have been selected for the NRP thus far.

The programme upgrades selected Housing Block precincts by providing facilities, such as drop-off porches.

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