08 Oct '11, 9pm

10 more hawker centres to be built over next decade

SINGAPORE - Ten more hawker centres will be built over the next decade to meet the community's needs in new population centres, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan yesterday. Speaking to reporters during a walkabout at Bukit Timah hawker centre, Dr Balakrishnan noted there have been calls for more hawker centres over the years. He said the Government will focus on building these in new towns, such as Pasir Ris, Punggol and Jurong. Today had reported last month that the authorities were looking into the possibility of building more hawker centres, 26 years after the last one was built. The Government will build the first new centre in Bukit Panjang and work will begin in the middle of next year. The centre, with cooked food and wet market sections, will be completed within three years. Acknowledging the integral role hawker centres play...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC111009-0000011/10...

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