New hawker centre in Bukit Panjang

The new Bukit Panjang hawker centre, the first of 10 planned centres, will have green features, parking and affordable dishes available all day.

Its manager NTUC Foodfare will ask stall applicants to submit their proposed prices, concept and operating hours as part of its tender process, said its chief executive Perry Ong.

"While we intend to have the best food here, we will ensure that the food centre has a good selection of basic and affordable food to help moderate the cost of living," he said.

The hawker centre is expected to open in the second half of 2015 and will have 28 cooked food stalls, 14 market stalls and 15 lock-up stalls. Accessibility is an important factor for the hawker centre, said Bukit Panjang MP Teo Ho Pin.

Dr Teo said: "What's important is to make it seamless, barrier free and elderly friendly."

Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan officiated the Bukit Panjang hawker centre's ground-breaking ceremony on Sunday.

Construction for the other nine new hawker centres will start in the next two years. All are expected to be completed by 2017.

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