More food, scenic rivers for Pasir Ris residents

Pasir Ris Town Park

SINGAPORE - Pasir Ris residents can look forward to more pleasant waterways and a new hawker centre at the heart of their town in the next few years.

Nearly 1km of the town's two waterways, Sungei Api Api and Sungei Tampines, will be spruced up by 2015.

Current mangroves will be preserved, and more greenery will be planted along the canal walls.

Gardens which filter rainwater through soil and plants will also be installed.

The $7 million makeover is the latest in PUB's ABC Waters programme, which aims to provide "active, beautiful and clean" waterways.

As of last month, 44 waterways out of the more than 100 on the list, have already been upgraded. These include Bishan Park and Kallang River.

Pasir Ris residents will also be getting their first hawker centre soon, at the Pasir Ris Town Park next to the sports complex and the Sungei Api Api canal. It is one of 10 new hawker centres to be built across the island by 2017.

Nurse and long-time Pasir Ris resident Jamiah Jantan, 50, said: "In Pasir Ris, it's very hard to find food stalls. It's good that there will be a food centre here. Working mothers like myself can save time not cooking."

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