Future ‘Long Island’ along East Coast could have reservoir and housing
Future ‘Long Island’ along East Coast could have reservoir and housing. Plans for the “Long Island,” a reclaimed island stretching from Marina East to Changi, could include a reservoir to supplement Singapore’s water supply and protect the city-coastline state’s from rising sea levels.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) announced at its long-term plan review exhibition on Monday that Long Island could be developed for housing and integrated with coastal parks and recreational spaces (June 6).
The URA stated that the Long Island, which was first envisioned as a reclaimed island for beachfront housing and leisure in the 1991 Concept Plan, is one of the coastal protection ideas being studied.
“We are also planning multi-functional coastal protection solutions, remaking our coastal land into liveable, adaptable, and sustainable spaces,” the authority said.
According to project plans, it may also include floodplains, similar to Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.
There is currently no timetable for Long Island’s development.
In the long run, the URA’s most recent plan identifies potential reclamation zones outside of the initial Long Island areas.
In May, PUB, the national water agency, launched a four-year study to develop potential coastal protection solutions for Changi, the East Coast, and the Greater Southern Waterfront.
Another measure to prepare Singapore for the effects of climate change is to plan for more space-efficient drainage systems.
To reduce the risk of flooding, the URA is investigating an underground drainage and reservoir system of caverns and storm water tunnels.
The authority is considering building more underground caverns to store goods or other materials that require a large land area in order to free up more space above ground.
According to the URA, these caverns could even house utilities and suitable industries as more processes become automated, and they could be linked by an underground logistic system to move goods efficiently and reduce surface road traffic.
“We will continue to look for ways to reduce costs and technical barriers in order to locate transportation infrastructure, major utility facilities, and lines underground wherever possible,” National Development Minister Desmond Lee said at the exhibition.
Singapore currently has two underground caverns: the 150m-deep Jurong Rock Caverns, which store liquid hydrocarbons such as crude oil and condensate, and the Ministry of Defence’s underground ammunition facility.
These caverns, respectively, liberate 60 and 300 ha of surface land.
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