MND's Khaw Boon Wan on New Housing Areas
National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan says he has instructed the HDB to build on its strong foundation, and to advance its role as not just a builder of flats, but of homes and community.
Every new town must be better than the previous one.
Mr Khaw was speaking at the launch of HDB's exhibition of three new housing areas in Tampines North, Bidadari and Punggol Matilda.
He says a well-designed, well-planned town is not just about providing a nice place to live.
It is also about providing the hardware and the infrastructure to shape a conducive and quality living environment, which he says the HDB has done well so far:
"Every new town will promote interaction, we will create more public spaces to engage more communities. Within each new town, there will be comprehensive cycling and pedestrain networks that are well connected. We will add more solar panels and energy efficiency solutions. We will promote community garden and pervasive greenery."
Mr Khaw said many of these elements were tried out in Punggol Town and were well received by the residents.
He also used the occasion to pay tribute to HDB and its dedicated staff.
Mr Khaw said HDB responded professionally and energetically to correct the imbalance in the supply and demand for flats in the last two years.
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