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High sum to pay for mechanised parking

I refer to the report “Mechanised parking trial in three estates to cost HDB S$18m” (Sept 15).

Gurmit Singh Kullar

I refer to the report “Mechanised parking trial in three estates to cost HDB S$18m” (Sept 15).

The price tag of mechanised car parks seems astronomical, considering these facilities will serve a mere 219 car owners at a time.

The Housing and Development Board has to better explain the financial prudence behind its decision. Has it factored in the ongoing cost of maintaining the car lift systems? Given the high development cost, what should drivers be prepared to pay?

It was also reported that this move is the result of a rising car population. However, this figure has started to plateau and even come down: 604,022 cars in July versus 607,292 last year.

It seems antithetical to build these mechanised car parks, especially when the Government is discouraging car ownership.

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