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Updated: 12/03/2013 13:47 | By Channel NewsAsia

More urged to give views, show support for URA Draft Master Plan 2013

More urged to give views, show support for URA Draft Master Plan 2013

More urged to give views, show support for URA Draft Master Plan 2013

SINGAPORE: The call is out for more people from different walks of life to share their views and play a part in the new master plan for Singapore's development.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority's Draft Master Plan 2013 exhibition has a drawn good response, with 20,000 visitors in the first week alone.

The virtual version of the plan -- the DMP2013 webpages -- have also drawn close to 250,000 unique visits.

In a blog post on Tuesday, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan noted this outcome.

He also said the draft master plan is a complete picture of how the plans of the various agencies will come together to shape the living environment in Singapore.

He hopes more people will get involved in it.

Mr Khaw said: "For this master plan, we want to involve the community in proposals like community-friendly, fenceless residential precincts with fewer cars, planning of cycling routes, and shaping our public spaces. We are also seeking Singaporeans' views on how we should plan for the longer term, in areas such as the Southern Waterfront."

He said the master plan "will make Singapore an inclusive city for all ages, where people are also connected through green modes of transport and work closer to their homes".

The cycling community has been excited about the plans to promote cycling as a green mode of transport and has been enthusiastically sharing ideas with the URA, said Mr Khaw.

Feedback on plans to enhance the Civic District into a pedestrian-friendly precinct has also been positive.

Mr Khaw said many of these ideas need strong support from the community to be implemented.

He urged those who like the plans to share their ideas and show their support.

"The more support we have, the more we can push the envelope to implement the plans," Mr Khaw said.

The public can visit the master plan exhibition at URA Centre or go to its website.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also commented the Urban Redevelopment Authority's team has come up with bold ideas to strike a good balance, and improve the quality of life of Singaporeans.

He said living with or near loved ones, spending more time with friends and family, and enjoying green spaces at the doorstep are some of the things that matter in making Singapore home.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made that comment in a post on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

He also wrote of the challenge in allowing new development while protecting space for green living and conservation.

Mr Lee encouraged the public to check out URA's videos.  - CNA/xq

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