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    March 9, 2008

    Transformation of Punggol River begins

    $7.13 million project to create reservoir park with man-made island will be ready by 2010

    By Tania Tan


    Artiste's impression of Sengkang Floating Island, the first piece of which has been released by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. -- PHOTO: PUB

    WORK to transform the Punggol River into a scenic reservoir park, complete with a man-made island, got off the ground on Sunday.

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who was at the official opening of the adjoining Anchorvale Community Club in Sengkang, symbolically released the first piece of the floating island - a clump of soil and grass - into the water.

    For its design, the $7.13 million project will draw inspiration from a nearby fruit park being developed by the National Parks Board. Its pavilions will be shaped like mangosteens and its benches, like limes.

    Work will be completed by 2010.

    Punggol River is the first of five sites to be improved this year under the Active Beautiful, Clean (ABC) Waters Programme.

    Launched by national water agency PUB in 2006, the $200 million programme is an ambitious island-wide revamp of 28 waterways.

    The aim is to rejuvenate Singapore's drainage and water-supply infrastructure, including the canals and reservoirs, and turn it into a scenic network of streams, rivers and lakes where people can enjoy water activities and even commute.

    Giving a preview of the projects during the Budget debate last month, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Yaacob Ibrahim said, for example, that the Lower Seletar Reservoir would sport a heritage bridge, featuring story panels which will tell of the area's kampung history.

    Work on the pilot projects of Kolam Ayer and the Bedok and MacRitchie reservoirs is in its final phases and will be unveiled this year.

    'With these projects, we hope to bring waterfront living to the heartland, improve the quality of our living environment and enhance property values,' said Dr Yaacob.

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    March 9, 2008

    Transformation of Punggol River begins

    $7.13 million project to create reservoir park with man-made island will be ready by 2010

    By Tania Tan


    Artiste's impression of Sengkang Floating Island, the first piece of which has been released by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. -- PHOTO: PUB

    WORK to transform the Punggol River into a scenic reservoir park, complete with a man-made island, got off the ground on Sunday.

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who was at the official opening of the adjoining Anchorvale Community Club in Sengkang, symbolically released the first piece of the floating island - a clump of soil and grass - into the water.

    For its design, the $7.13 million project will draw inspiration from a nearby fruit park being developed by the National Parks Board. Its pavilions will be shaped like mangosteens and its benches, like limes.

    Work will be completed by 2010.

    Punggol River is the first of five sites to be improved this year under the Active Beautiful, Clean (ABC) Waters Programme.

    Launched by national water agency PUB in 2006, the $200 million programme is an ambitious island-wide revamp of 28 waterways.

    The aim is to rejuvenate Singapore's drainage and water-supply infrastructure, including the canals and reservoirs, and turn it into a scenic network of streams, rivers and lakes where people can enjoy water activities and even commute.

    Giving a preview of the projects during the Budget debate last month, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Yaacob Ibrahim said, for example, that the Lower Seletar Reservoir would sport a heritage bridge, featuring story panels which will tell of the area's kampung history.

    Work on the pilot projects of Kolam Ayer and the Bedok and MacRitchie reservoirs is in its final phases and will be unveiled this year.

    'With these projects, we hope to bring waterfront living to the heartland, improve the quality of our living environment and enhance property values,' said Dr Yaacob.
    Condo price at that area will be increased

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    I just got to know that my friend is one of those vested in this project and bought the land to rent out to pubs and restaurants eg: popeye. Business seems good!

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    Government can transform punggol till the cows come home but the fate of the air in punggol will still rest in the hands of those petrochemical plants in pasir gudang.

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    You might not have noticed that the air over the whole of Singapore is actually quite dirty. Try taking a boat ride far into the sea and you can see a thin layer of haze over the island.

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    Don't think it is equally dirty, some places more dirty than others I am sure. Pasir gudang is well known for spewing petrochemical gases to singapore 24/7.
    Quote Originally Posted by hyenergix
    You might not have noticed that the air over the whole of Singapore is actually quite dirty. Try taking a boat ride far into the sea and you can see a thin layer of haze over the island.

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