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Punggol to be Singapore's first eco-town
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Punggol to be Singapore's first eco-town

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The former sleepy fishing village of Punggol is to undergo a green makeover that will transform it into Singapore's first 'eco-town'.

To promote the concept of 'Green Living by the Waters' in Punggol, natural elements like the wind, sun and rain will be tapped on in the future planning and design of Punggol town. More environmentally friendly buildings with higher Green Mark ratings for developments along the waterway will be built.

Cycling paths, charging stations at carparks and spaces for car sharing services in the estates will be built to encourage clean commuting.

Large scale test-bedding of new green technologies and urban solutions in the areas of energy, waste and water management will also be carried out, with the hope of replicating these across other towns islandwide.

The Housing and Development Board plans to develop Punggol as Singapore's first eco-town, which is in line with Singapore's overall goal to grow in an efficient, clean, and green way.

HDB will work closely with advisers, local town councils and grassroots leaders to engage, educate and encourage residents to go green. Punggol residents will be able to attend outreach and educational programmes that will be organised to make them more aware of their unique natural environment.

Right from the planning stage, Punggol has been designed to promote sustainable living. Punggol Town is planned such that it has smaller, more intimate estates with common green, a wide range of quality housing with supporting facilities, and a well integrated public transport network and enhanced accessibility for residents. In addition, one of the key green initiatives for Punggol is the introduction of a waterway traversing through the town. Leveraging on the waterway, Punggol will herald a new generation of eco-living concepts in the next decade and beyond.

A three-pronged approach has been drawn up to develop Punggol as Singapore’s first Eco-Town:

a) Introducing effective planning and design concepts to make it conducive for residents to adopt eco-lifestyles

b) Exploiting urban solutions to achieve stretched environmental targets set

c) Engaging, educating and enabling people to be part of the ‘go green’ efforts

In promoting the concept of ‘Green Living by the Waters’ in Punggol, more environmentally friendly buildings will be built by tapping on the elements of nature such as sun, rain and wind to aid in the future planning and design of Punggol Town. HDB will also aim for higher Green Mark ratings for new developments along the waterway. Punggol residents will be encouraged to opt for clean commuting through physical provisions like cycling paths, charging stations at carparks and spaces for car sharing services in the estates.











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