I REFER to Mr Chan Mia Lee’s letter, ‘Why the delay in upgrading opposition ward?’ (April 8), and would like to highlight that the lift upgrading projects in Potong Pasir and Hougang are on track.
Blocks 101 to 109 in Potong Pasir Avenue 1, and Blocks 351, 352, and 354 to 357 in Hougang Avenue 7 were announced for the Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) last October.
As with all LUP projects, the HDB requires time to call a tender after precincts are selected to engage the consultant and contractor for the project.
A working committee will also be formed. After the tender is awarded, the consultant will draft the possible designs. The committee will deliberate on the proposals and gather feedback from residents to ensure that the proposed design is technically feasible, cost-effective and best meets the needs of the residents.
This standard process for all LUP projects will generally require several months, depending on the complexity of the solution.
After the design is finalised, residents will be invited to vote for the LUP. Construction work will begin for a block if at least 75 per cent of the residents support the programme. The board understands that residents look forward to the completion of LUP work and we will speed up works where possible.
Deputy Director (Upgrading Programmes Management)
Housing & Development Board
Source: Straits Times, 21 Apr 2010