Lift installation costs: Town council replies

The Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) is an asset-enhancement programme initiated by the Government to provide direct lift access in older HDB blocks ("HDB lift installation costs should be shared" by Ms Marion Jean Phillips; last Tuesday). It is a massive programme that requires substantial funding.

Hence, the LUP costs are largely funded by the Government, with residents and town councils each footing between 5 per cent and 12.5 per cent, depending on flat type.

In contrast, the recent revision in service and conservancy charges by eight town councils is to offset increases in electricity and operation costs, as well as other estate maintenance expenditure such as cleaning and sanitary works, grass-cutting and horticultural works, pest control, lift maintenance, pump maintenance, fire protection systems, and building and electrical systems - among other things.

The service and conservancy charge revision is not meant for the funding of additional lift installation costs that have exceeded the cost cap of $30,000 per unit; besides, the revenue raised through the revision will not be sufficient to pay for the huge lift installation costs.

The lift upgrading programme is substantially funded by the Government through its $5.5 billion lift upgrading budget.

We thank the writer for her feedback and hope our explanation aids in understanding the current situation.

Soon Min Sin

General Manager

Sembawang Town Council

On behalf of eight town councils involved in the service and conservancy charge revision

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