Singapore is considering further utilising its underground spaces and is looking at several ideas which will complement the above-ground master plan to make the country more “exciting and liveable”.
In a blog post, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said the current master plan is being updated and a draft will be shown to the public for feedback at an upcoming exhibition.
Citing other global cities where such spaces have been developed, Mr Khaw highlighted the possibilities of creating underground transport hubs, pedestrian links, cycling paths, industrial facilities and shopping areas among others.
“In Singapore, we have made good use of underground spaces,” said Mr Khaw. “From Orchard Road to City Hall, Tanjong Pagar and Marina Bay, locals and visitors enjoy the air-con comfort and security of shopping and commuting underground.”
“About 12 km of expressways and nearly 80 km of MRT lines are already underground,” he added, noting that the Marina Coastal Expressway scheduled for completion this year will run mostly below ground.
Mr Khaw went on to say that more could be done. “We can try to push the boundary of usage – to experiment, to learn and to evolve practical innovative solutions – so as to prepare for the future.”
However, he explained that such developments are more expensive and the government will not rush the underground planning.
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