05 Oct '11, 11am

Good news for foodies - the govt has plans to build more hawker centres, after a 26-year hiatus

SINGAPORE: The government has announced plans to build more hawker centres after a 26-year hiatus. There are currently 109 hawker centres , with the last one built in 1985 at Jurong West Street 52. With more people eating out these days, residents have been complaining of a shortage of hawker centres, especially in newer housing estates. Residents have also been expressing concerns over rising food prices. So it is hoped that with more hawker centres, they would be able to enjoy a larger variety of food and at affordable prices. New housing estates are slated to benefit first. Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) Chair for National Development and Environment Lee Bee Wah said: "What I understand is that since 1985 there wasn't any new hawker centres being built. "And from 1985 till now, we have a lot new housing estates. So I hope that when HDB plans new housing estate...

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