Tengah to be developed into a ‘Forest Town’

A town as big as Bishan will be built in Tengah.

Surrounded by greenery, it will be planned as a “Forest Town”, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said in Parliament yesterday.

As he unveiled a map and an artist’s impression of Singapore’s 24th Housing Board town before MPs, Mr Wong said it will be integrated with nature as well as the nearby Jurong Innovation District.

“This is only one picture, I use seen even more – options, pictures and visualisations of what all of our planners are actually doing, micron he reported.

HDB can certainly make public additional information in due course, Mister Wong increased.

Plans to create Tengah, a good 700ha web page which is bordered by the Kranji and Pan-Island expressways, Brickland Road and Bukit Batok Road, had been mooted since 1991 within a concept insurance policy for Singapore sometime soon.

Twenty-five years on, the blueprint now is to integrate a whole new “industrial park your car of the future” that Economic Minister Heng Swee Keat unveiled in the Budget report last month.

The Jurong Invention District — whose initially phase will likely be ready about 2022 — will bring jointly researchers, learners, innovators and businesses to create products and services for future years.

“Tengah has to be very interesting place to live, work and play, micron Mr Wong said inside debate in the ministry’s funds yesterday.

When ever ready, metropolis bordering Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Batok and Jurong West locations is required to have regarding 55, 000 homes.

Mister Wong likewise outlined options for Singapore’s urban advancement in the next 12 to 20 years.

These include the second central small business district for Jurong Water, a new inspiring cluster on Punggol and a new oceanfront Northern Growing corridor on Woodlands and Sembawang.

Innovative and ground breaking infrastructure, by driverless cars and trucks to sensible power grids, will also be learned by the Panel on the Foreseeable future Economy, in which Mr Wong chairs a sub-committee on the Future City.

Existing HDB towns will continue to be rejuvenated, Senior Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee said, as he outlined some of the makeovers in store for Toa Payoh, Pasir Ris and Woodlands in the next 10 years.

Woodlands will get a town plaza for community activities and its waterfront will see more greenery and shaded spots.

Dedicated cycling paths and new shelters will be built in Toa Payoh, while a new mixed-use development integrated with a new bus interchange will be built in Pasir Ris.

Mr Wong said that in transforming the city, greater focus needs to be placed on making sure public spaces are well-connected and conducive for walking and cycling.

Developers will be required to incorporate the needs of pedestrians and cyclists upfront in their plans.

Seamless cycling routes between six housing estates and the Central Business District would also be built, while parking charges may be raised to manage the use of cars.

In a bid to help expand boost owning a home, Mr Wong spelt away details of a good scheme to support families in public areas rental residences buy homes again. Beneath Fresh Start out Housing Design, to start the 2010 season, eligible people with school-going children might get grants all the way to $35, 000 to buy innovative two-room residences with short leases.

Administration assistance is likewise given to assure the people get the cultural support needed, he reported.