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Potong Pasir waterfront gets makeover

SINGAPORE — A 400m stretch along Kallang River in the Potong Pasir estate was the latest to be transformed into recreational space under national water agency PUB’s Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters programme.

ABC Waters at Kallang River. Photo: Robin Choo

ABC Waters at Kallang River. Photo: Robin Choo

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SINGAPORE — A 400m stretch along Kallang River in the Potong Pasir estate was the latest to be transformed into recreational space under national water agency PUB’s Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters programme.

The area between Potong Pasir Avenue 1 and St Andrew’s Junior School was the 28th site to come under the programme.

At the official opening today (July 12), Mr Sitoh Yih Pin, Member of Parliament (MP) for Potong Pasir, said the project had been part of the 2006 General Election manifesto. “This vision that we set out 10 years ago is now a reality, and today, our Potong Pasir residents are able to use this amenity,” said Mr Sitoh, who became the constituency’s MP in 2011.

The makeover included an open plaza with two shelters that can accommodate about 750 people, four lookout decks and three rain gardens with plants that hold and treat rainwater before discharging it into the river.

Besides the Kallang River initiative, other improvements that have been made to the estate included lift upgrading, adding more childcare and elderly activity centres, as well as equipping the community centre with facilities, such as a supermarket. “That’s not the end of the story. Going forward, we want to continue with what we have begun,” said Mr Sitoh.

Residents of Potong Pasir have welcomed the changes. Student Viviana Xie, 20, who has lived in the estate for 16 years and who jogs frequently along the Kallang River, said: “There used be a smell from the river. Now, with it having been cleaned, it’s a lot nicer to jog here, so I think it’s a good initiative.”

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