By: Kheng-Liang Tan
Minster for National Development Lawrence Wong revealed the master plan for Tengah at the HDB Awards dinner yesterday (8 Sep).
The site is a 700ha area that is bounded by Kranji and Pan-Island expressways. At present, it is mostly scrubland and forest that is used for military training but will be redeveloped into one that is rich on greenery and sustainable features.
The town is approximately the size of Bishan and will eventually be contain 42,000 new homes: 30,000 units of public housing and 12,000 units of private housing.
“This will be the first town for smart living in Singapore … We’ve talked about Singapore becoming a smart city, a Smart Nation … with IT, with sensors”.
Tengah will be composed of five housing districts: Plantation, Park, Garden, Brickland and Forest Hill, each to be designed to correspond with a facet of the town’s identity.
It will be Singapore’s 24th town and also Singapore’s 1st car free town.
As part of the plans, lush parkland and with traffic running underneath the town centre is part of the plans; all roads in Tengah will have dedicated walking and cycling paths.
Tengah will be the first HDB town to be developed since Punggol two decades ago. The first flats are expected to be launched in 2018.
A public exhibition will be held at the HDB Hub from the 9 to 25 Sept.