09 Jan '12, 7am

Stamford Canal's capacity needs to be increased by at least 30%

SINGAPORE: The capacity of Stamford Canal will be increased by at least a third to reduce the risk of flooding along Singapore's shopping belt of Orchard Road. Environment Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in Parliament on Monday, that a consultancy study is underway and is expected to be completed by May. He said such projects can be costly, but his ministry is prepared to undertake longer term investments. But he cautioned that Singapore faces constraints. Dr Balakrishnan said said: "I think many members will be familiar that whenever PUB has a drain, we have a drainage reserve. "In other words, we always have space where if we need to deepen or widen a drain, we will take land from the owners or public utilities. "Well in the case of Stamford Canal, which lies under Orchard Road, we've run out of drainage capacity. Secondly, to now embark on further surgery on Stamford ...

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