URA plans to get S'poreans acquainted with new developments

By Hoe Yeen Nie, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 17 April 2009 2259 hrs

SINGAPORE: The landscape of Singapore will soon look quite different as new developments spring up in the city centre and in the heartlands over the next few years.

By 2011 for instance, residents of Jurong will have more opportunities to live by the waterfront. Southern coastal areas like the Labrador Park and Bukit Chermin will also be made more accessible to the public.

These are on top of new projects coming up in the Marina Bay and Orchard Road areas.

Many of these plans were announced in recent years, but the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) wants to get more Singaporeans acquainted with them.

To do that, it is holding a series of activities and public exhibitions called "My New Singapore" from May this year.

Speaking at the URA Corporate Plan Seminar on Friday, National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan said: "We will show Singaporeans the plans for their neighbourhoods, bring them to see the new Marina Bay, and let them enjoy the parks and park connectors.

"I hope that when Singaporeans rediscover Singapore, we will realise what a special little city we have and perhaps, we will love our city even more."

Other activities include the Marina Bay Festival in the later part of 2010, which will comprise a series of activities and events to showcase developments in the area.

Next year, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) will also conduct a series of roving exhibitions from March till July to show how HDB neighbourhoods have evolved and improved over the years.

There will also be new plans for public housing in the future.

- CNA/so