Mailbox: Plan for malls, food centres in estates

Compass Point mall in Sengkang.

I applaud the Ministry of National Development for doing an excellent job in solving our housing woes, by building flats and executive condominiums (ECs), and releasing land for private condominium development.

However, newly developed residential estates such as Sengkang and Punggol lack commercial infrastructure such as shopping malls and hawker centres.

I am living in Pasir Ris, where new flats, ECs and private condominiums are being built at break-neck speed. The population in my estate will probably double or even triple in five years' time.

With the fast-growing population in this area and the building of new HDB flats in Tampines North, the existing White Sands shopping mall will be unable to cater to the needs of residents.

I hope the ministry can look into not only meeting the housing needs of residents, but also planning for commercial infrastructure in increasingly populated areas.

Catherine Soh (Ms)

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