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Another poser on Bukit Brown - Will work affect surface run-off and cause floods?

Jan 19, 2012

Another poser on Bukit Brown
Will work affect surface run-off and cause floods?

Letter from Tan Wee Cheng

I read with great interest reports about how green cover and rooftop gardens could reduce the impact of surface run-offs that have caused severe flooding in the past two years.

The construction of new malls and condominiums in the vicinity of Orchard Road, Grange Road, River Valley Road and Upper Bukit Timah Road have removed significant green cover in these areas and might have been the cause of the flooding.

I am happy that the authorities are now considering the construction of detention ponds as well as other measures in order to alleviate the situation.

However, I am particularly concerned about the impact of planned development in Bukit Brown, which is a major green space on high ground.

Would the transformation of this area into concrete and steel surfaces lead to similar surface run-offs?

If this is so, we might see significant flooding in the surrounding lower areas such as Bukit Timah, Thomson and Toa Payoh, which would not only result in great inconvenience but also dampen property values.

As a long-time resident and property owner in this area, I hope the authorities would carefully study the environmental impact of such development and disclose the findings to residents in these areas.


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