01 Jan '12, 11am

MND to release details on underground space masterplan

MND to release details on underground space masterplan

SINGAPORE: In land-strapped Singapore, underground space has been named a strategic resource by the high-level Economic Strategies Committee. A masterplan is in the works to map out possible uses and the Ministry of National Development said details will be released this year. Underneath the bustling Chinatown lies a vast labyrinth of interconnected tunnels snaking across Singapore. The Downtown railway line, which is being built entirely underground, is part of a decades-long push to go down under in search of space. The result is a subterranean world teeming with activity. At the basement level, there's a complex network of utility pipes, electrical grids and pedestrian linkways. The Common Services Tunnel, which is located five to 10 metres deep, is a system of tunnels designed to house utility services in the Marina Bay area. Built in 2006, the facility allows for the ...

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