Eight private estates chosen for Estate Upgrading Programme

PHOTO: Eight private estates chosen for Estate Upgrading Programme

SINGAPORE - More than 7,000 households are expected to benefit from the upgrading works which includes landscaping, more fitness equipment and wider footpaths, said the Ministry of National Development on Wednesday.

For more details, please refer to the press release below:

The Ministry of National Development (MND) will spend about $29 million over the next two years to upgrade and develop the infrastructure in private estates around Singapore under its Estate Upgrading Programme (EUP).

Progress of the EUP

Since 2000 when the EUP first started, MND has spent $138 million for seven batches of EUP, benefiting more than 34,000 households in 46 private estates.

For the forthcoming Batch 8 of the EUP, MND has selected eight private estates for upgrading at an estimated cost of $29 million (see Table 1). These are the older private estates which have a greater scope for improvement and will benefit significantly from the rejuvenation and upgrading of their physical living environment.

The EUP improvement works include landscaping, play and fitness equipment, park furniture and widening of footpaths. More than 7,000 households in these eight estates are expected to benefit from the improved facilities when the works are completed in three to four years.

Table 1

S/N Estate  CCC Adviser 
1 Goldhill Mr Lui Tuck Yew
2 Mayflower Gardens and Yio Chu Kang Gardens Mr Inderjit Singh
3 Cashew & Hazel Park Terrace  Dr Vivian Balakrishnan
4 Greenleaf  Mr Christopher de Souza
5 Bartley Neighbourhood  Mr Seah Kian Peng
6 Carmichael Mr Sitoh Yih Pin
7 Haig Road Assoc Prof Fatimah Lateef
8 Limau Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman

"There is high demand for upgrading and improvement works from private estates. When selecting a site for upgrading, we consider the age and physical condition of the estate, and scope for improvement. We are encouraged to see the strong support for our private estate upgrading programmes, which not only create a better living environment but also strengthen community bonding," said Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman, Chairman of the Estate Upgrading Programme Committee, and Senior Parliamentary Secretary for National Development.

Greater Residents' Participation

The EUP has contributed to the rejuvenation of many private estates around Singapore to meet the residents' needs. For instance, the creation of parks, playgrounds and fitness corners provides the community with a variety of recreational and fitness facilities to enjoy and to hold activities for their neighbourhood.

Residents in the private estates selected for the EUP are encouraged to participate actively in the surveys and discussions scheduled by the Neighbourhood Committees (NCs) or the Citizens' Consultative Committees (CCCs) so that residents' views can be taken into account in the upgrading decisions.

This would ensure that the resultant improvements will benefit all residents, and make the estate a better place to live for all.