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Siglap Canal to undergo makeover

Residents in Kembangan-Chai Chee can look forward to a new community deck that improves accessibility in 2015.

There will also be additional seating spaces and greenery, as well as a rain garden that improves water quality.

These are some of the enhancements that residents will get to enjoy when the Siglap Canal undergoes a makeover under the PUB’s Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters Programme.

Acting Minister for Manpower and Member of Parliament (MP) for Marine Parade GRC Tan Chuan-Jin was at the groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday evening.

The 3.2km Siglap Canal runs between Bedok Reservoir Road and the sea, and passes through estates like Kembangan, Telok Kurau and Marine Parade.

PUB will build a deck over the canal to improve residents’ access to the community club, providing a plaza where community activities such as line dancing and taiji can be carried out.

Further upstream, PUB is also partnering Telok Kurau Primary School to introduce ABC Waters design features such as a rain garden and roof garden, as well as a detention tank within the school compound.

Rain and roof gardens serve to cleanse stormwater runoff before it is discharged into the waterway, while the detention tank slows down surface runoff and reduces the peak flow of stormwater into the public drainage system.

The project creates an outdoor learning experience for the students as they gain a deeper understanding on how a holistic stormwater design concept can be incorporated into developments.

Mr Tan said: “I think as Singapore develops, what we are doing with NParks and PUB, I think, is significantly important because it makes the space a lot more liveable and water adds to a very different dimension to the place.” 

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