Wednesday, March 21, 2012

SLA grants extension to those who illegally using State land at Clementi

SINGAPORE: Residents who have been illegally using State land at Clementi Avenue 4 for farming were given a reprieve on Tuesday.

The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has granted a three-month extension to those who have identified themselves.

They had originally been asked to vacate by March 20.

The land was formerly occupied by the Malaysian Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) but it has since been returned to Singapore.

So far, 13 individuals have come forward and they will work with grassroots organisations for an acceptable arrangement during the grace period.

The others have been given till April 3 to identify themselves.

The three months grace period will also be extended to them if they come forward between now and April 3.

If they do not do so, SLA said it will have no choice but to dismantle and remove the enclosed areas and illegal structures.

Measures are also in place to address health concerns, like mosquito breeding and the burning of leaves.

SLA said vector control has been carried out to prevent mosquito breeding in stagnant ponds and signs will be put up to warn the public of potential dangers such as potholes and ponds.

Advisory notices will also be put up against the illegal burning of leaves after some residents in nearby blocks had earlier complained that the burning had caused discomfort, especially for those with breathing problems.

SLA said the land has been reserved under the Urban Redevelopment Authority's Master Plan 2008 but there are no immediate plans for the site.

The area's MP Sim Ann welcomed the move.

Earlier, on behalf of those using the land, Ms Sim had asked SLA for more time to resolve the matter.

Ms Sim said: "(It is) good of SLA to offer an extension to users who have identified themselves. I'm also very glad to know that the users are prepared to abide by all public health and safety regulations because that's important. The grassroots will use this time to consider views from the residents and see if we should apply for a temporary use of state land for community purposes, pending future plans for development."

SLA said it will step up surveillance of the area and work with grassroots and residents to detect illegal activities, like the burning of leaves.

It will continue to consult grassroots organisations on possible interim use of the land that will benefit the wider community.

It's understood that grassroots organisations are considering whether to take up a Temporary Occupational License for community use.

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Source From Channel News Asia

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