23 Oct '11, 1pm

DTN Singapore: 'Venice of Punggol' opens: SINGAPORE: It has been four years since Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong...

DTN Singapore: 'Venice of Punggol' opens: SINGAPORE: It has been four years since Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong...

SINGAPORE: It has been four years since Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sketched out his vision for Punggol, a sleepy suburb located in the northeastern part of Singapore. It was an ambitious project to transform what some residents have described as a backwater town into a "Waterfront Town of the 21st Century". An earlier plan to remake Punggol had hit a bump, when the Asian Financial Crisis struck. Built at a cost of S$225 million, the new waterway by the Housing and Development Board - described as the "Venice of Punggol" - was finally opened on Sunday evening. Mr Lee, who was speaking at the opening of the Punggol Waterway, recounted how the waterway was originally conceived as a pipeline between Serangoon and Punggol reservoirs and credited former National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan for making the change. The project cements Punggol's claim as Singapore's first e...

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