Updated from : The Straits Times, 24 June 2020
Plans to transform Tampines into an eco-town are shaping up, with a raft of projects completed and in the pipeline, Tampines Town Council said yesterday.
When these plans are implemented in the next five years, residents will be able to move around more easily without a car, as more cycling paths will be built and footpaths widened.
They will also get to enjoy more greenery, with a new park slated to be opened in 2022, and more nature infused into grey structures, such as on the rooftops of multi-storey carparks.
The announcement of the five-year masterplan by Tampines Town Council, chaired by outgoing People’s Action Party (PAP) MP Cheng Li Hui, is the latest in a slew of similar announcements last week by other PAP MPs helming estates in areas such as Tanjong Pagar GRC and Holland-Bukit Timah GRC.
In a statement, Tampines Town Council said it had planned to launch its five-year masterplan with an exhibition in March.
But, it added: “Due to Covid-19, Tampines will announce its projects via its social media platforms and digital noticeboards. In addition to the regular estate enhancements, Tampines residents can look forward to many large-scale, town-wide projects in the next five years.”
There are about 151,000 eligible voters in Tampines GRC.
The other outgoing MPs in the five-member group representation constituency are Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli, Mr Desmond Choo and Mr Baey Yam Keng.
“The Tampines five-year masterplan focuses on the development of an inclusive, sustainable and green town with community spaces and amenities for everyone to enjoy,” said the town council.
Other sustainable features that will be rolled out include fitting all suitable Housing Board blocks with solar panels, and painting some blocks with “cool coating” to reduce the amount of heat absorbed by the building.
Such coatings include paints that contain pigments that can reflect heat.
For a start, about 200 blocks will be coated with the cool coating during repainting works from around 2022, said the town council.
There are other sustainability initiatives in Tampines.
This includes Sustainability@ Tampines Park, an initiative under which residents segregate food waste generated at home and feed it to black soldier fly larvae.
The larvae break down the food waste into fertiliser, which can be used in a vertical vegetable farm. The pupae of the black soldier fly can also be processed and fed to tilapia fish reared in the Tampines Park pond.
“As a result, we will reduce food waste and, more significantly, strengthen the community’s food resilience,” said the town council.