Sunday, January 30, 2011

Petition to MP over shortcut at Shunfu

Residents of Thomson Garden have petitioned the Government to ensure that the privatisation of neighbouring Shunfu HUDC estate will not take away a pathway shortcut that they have been using for 30 years.

According to these residents, the protem committee of the privatisation project is planning to build a boundary fence around Shunfu estate when it is privatised later this year.

The problem is that the proposed fence will cut off a path the residents currently use to reach amenities such as Marymount MRT station and Shunfu market. Without it, the journey on foot will be 10 minutes longer.

This is the second group of landed property residents to petition Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC Member of Parliament Hri Kumar Nair on impending changes to their neighbourhoods.

Just over a week ago, residents living in Jalan Kuak approached Mr Nair when it was announced that six terrace houses there would be affected by the construction of the proposed North-South Expressway.

The expressway will include a 15.9km northern section from Admiralty Road West to Toa Payoh Rise.

Both groups met Mr Nair yesterday in a closed-door dialogue session at Thomson Community Club to discuss the fate of the pathway and problems posed by the expressway.

Mr Nair said discussions on the pathway were still ongoing so he could not confirm what would happen with it.

'I am working with the ministries, including the Ministry of National Development, to address my residents' concerns,' he said.

He also said that the Land Transport Authority had clarified that a part of the expressway that is near the private estate will be a closed tunnel, and not a semi-tunnel as previously reported.

Retiree J.T. Lim, 78, said the pathway is a necessity for older residents like him.

'I've been using it since I lived here in the 1970s. At my age, it will be really tiring if they take the path away because I'll have to travel so much farther,' he said.

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