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Date [ 2015-02-10, 06:23 ]

This is the first of four ABC Waters projects to commence in 2015

The canal as it is now.

(Singapore-Koreanpress) Soo Kyung-soo = Residents of Bukit Batok can soon look forward to a new community space when a 230-metre stretch of the Bukit Batok Canal is given a facelift under PUB’s Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) programme.

Guest-of-Honour Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Manpower, and Adviser to Hong Kah North Grassroots Organisations officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony this January 17, 2015.
Located between Bukit Batok West Ave 2 and 4, ABC Waters @ Bukit Batok Canal will transform the neighbourhood into a vibrant communal space while allowing residents to get close to and better appreciate the waterway. The project also complements the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme upstream of the canal to provide an enhanced living environment for residents.

As part of the makeover, rain gardens will be incorporated along the canal bank to detain and cleanse rainwater runoff before discharging the water into the canal.  The rain gardens also promote biodiversity, while beautifying the surrounding landscape.  In addition, creepers along the canal walls and new plantings will give the area an aesthetical boost while timber seats along the waterway allow residents to enjoy the cool breeze by the waterway.

PUB’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Mr. Tan Nguan Sen, said, “ABC Waters @ Bukit Batok Canal aims to create a community waterscape, conducive for residents to get together and bond by the waterway.  There is also an opportunity for the schools in the vicinity to use the site to learn how specially selected plants can cleanse water naturally and enhance biodiversity.  Through this project, we hope the community can value our waters and help keep our waterways litter-free.”

Construction of ABC Waters @ Bukit Batok Canal is expected to be completed by early 2016. To date, PUB has completed 26 ABC Waters projects with 11 currently under construction.   

In 2015, the community can look forward to the opening of another seven ABC Waters projects. These include Rochor Canal, Sungei Tampines, Sungei Api Api, Siglap Canal (Telok Kurau Primary School and Kembangan Community Centre), Kallang River (Potong Pasir) and Lorong 8 Toa Payoh. In addition, three other ABC Waters projects are expected to commence construction this year.  These are Kallang River (Upper Boon Keng/Sims Drive), Kallang River (Bishan-Braddell) and Sungei Bedok.

How it will look in the future.

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