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MND to set aside S$20m for upgrading 9 private estates in Singapore
THE Ministry of National Development (MND) will allocate S$20 million to upgrade nine private estates under its Estate Upgrading Programme (EUP).
The EUP hopes to enhance the physical condition and living environment in older estates to better cater to residents' needs.
The nine estates involved in this round are Clover Estate; Lentor Estate; Thomson Faber Island Gardens; Toh Tuck Estate; Meng Suan/Springleaf Estates; Happy Gardens; Sea Breeze Garden; Toh Estate; and Jalan Merbok, Jalan Layang-Layang, Jalan Kakatua, Jalan Selating, Jalan Rajawali and Shamah Terrace Estate.
Developed more than 30 years ago, the nine estates host more than 4.800 households. The EUP project is expected to be completed in three to four years' time.
Prior to the implementation of the project, the neighbourhood committees or the citizens' consultative committees will conduct surveys and/or dialogues with the residents to gather their views and ideas on the upgrading works.
Since 2000, MND has spent S$167 million under its EUP to upgrade eight batches of older private estates in Singapore. This includes more than 41,800 households in 54 private estates.
The upgrading works include providing footpath lighting/safety railings to enhance the estates' safety and security, covering drains to create footpaths, creating barrier free access (e.g. ramp), improving the estates' landscaping and parks, and enhancing the estate identity.
Said Mohamad Maliki Osman, chairman of the EUP committee, and Minister of State for National Development and Defence: "I am heartened by the success of the Estate Upgrading Programme thus far. This is truly a collaborative effort, with residents taking ownership and playing an active role in deciding what improvements they hope to see in their estates to make the living environment better for all."