31 Jan '13, 4am

Singapore has sufficient land to accommodate projected 6.9m population by 2030

Singapore has sufficient land to accommodate projected 6.9m population by 2030

SINGAPORE: Singapore plans to increase its land supply by nearly 8 per cent to 76,600 hectares to accommodate its projected population of 6.9 million by 2030, according to the Land Use Plan report released on Thursday. Singapore's total land area now stands at 71,400 hectares. The details came just two days after the release of the White Paper on Population outlining Singapore's strategies for a sustainable population. About 60 per cent will be set aside for housing, industry and community facilities -- up from the current 52 per cent. And a large part of the additional land will come from reclamation and freeing up reserve land. Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan said: "Some Singaporeans, in fact, many say, 'How could it be? It's already so crowded -- 5.3 million -- buses (and) trains. How is it possible to have 6.9 million population? The planners must be ma...

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