SINGAPORE - National water agency PUB will start 36 projects in the next 12 months, on top of the 170 on-going projects, to improve Singapore's drainage system against heavy rain and floods.
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Here is the full post from Dr Balakrishnan's Facebook page:
PUB will be working on 200 drainage projects island wide within the next 12 months.
All of us would have witnessed or may have even been caught in the recent flash floods. The intense rainfall, especially in low lying areas, has overwhelmed the local drainage systems in these areas.
We know where all these areas are, and PUB has been working hard on plans to improve their drainage capacity. I have asked PUB to expedite the ongoing work on 170 projects and to commence work on 36 new projects within 12 months (see map below).
The drainage project at Chai Chee Road has been brought forward from mid-2014 to early 2014. Road raising will commence this weekend.
Major canals like Alexandra Canal and Rochor Canal are being widened and deepened. Some works will be completed by next year but others will take longer. Interim measures will be implemented in the short term, especially focused on ensuring that our roads remain passable despite heavy storms.
These island wide accelerated projects will cause some inevitable inconvenience. I hope Singaporeans will understand the need to do so, and support PUB's efforts to future proof our drainage system.
As wetter weather sets in with the year-end monsoon, PUB has also stepped up checks on construction sites, drain maintenance, and its staff and contractors are on standby 24/7.
When flash floods occur, do exercise caution and let's also look out for one another. Stay updated by going to PUB's Facebook, Twitter or MyWaters app.
If you notice any other drainage problems in your neighbourhood, please don't hesitate to let us know.
We are committed to doing our best to resolving this long term problem. We have to, because climate change will make things even worse in the future, and we have to get ahead of the wave.