Monday, April 09, 2012

Lift upgrading for all eligible flats by end-2014

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans can expect the Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) for all eligible flats islandwide to be completed by the end of 2014.

Giving an update in Parliament on Monday, Minister of State for National Development Lee Yi Shyan said upgrading has been completed for 65 per cent of the 5,000 eligible flats so far, while polling has been completed for 95 per cent of these blocks.

To minimise disruption to residents, Mr Lee said HDB is looking into increasing its use of pre-fabrication technology in lift-upgrading as far as possible.

Foo Mee Har, MP for West Coast GRC, said: "Many of my residents ask me, how come it takes two years to upgrade a lift when we can build condominiums in the same time? The crux of the issue is how the work is being phased? The first question relates to during even my own observation in the estate, the work being done in upgrading in the precinct. Let's take there are eight blocks involved. Basically, the work is done in batches. You start digging in one block, you finish and go to the next one. And you go one round before you come back to the first one to do the next step."

Lee Yi Shyan said: "One of the reasons of course, compared to condominiums or new flats built on a greenfield site. The LUP work has essentially, to be constrained by existing site, tight site. And the hours of construction and so on has to be limited to minimise inconveniences and noise pollution to the residents. The other, the observation about whether we could, instead of treating the whole precinct as one work site, whether we can go block to block, HDB is studying that.

"The reason why it's done this way is due to the way the contract is given. So the contractor typically, hiring a team of specialists doing certain functions, will go from one site (to another), one block to another block, sequentially. So if this not well managed locally, then these sequential activities can add up in terms of total duration."

- CNA/de

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Source From Channel News Asia

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