Acquisition of properties in Rochor area

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for National Development whether any consultation was done with residents and business owners before the decision was taken to acquire the HDB blocks, private properties and shops in the Rochor area (including Rochor Centre) to build the North-South Expressway.

Question I asked in Parliament on 9 January 2012:

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for National Development whether any consultation was done with residents and business owners before the decision was taken to acquire the HDB blocks, private properties and shops in the Rochor area (including Rochor Centre) to build the North-South Expressway.

Mr Khaw Boon Wan:

The North-South Expressway (NSE) is a major road infrastructure that connects the north and north eastern sectors of the island with the city centre. LTA has conducted very thorough studies to identify the best possible alignment taking into account engineering requirements while minimising the need for land acquisition.

Whilst the best efforts have been put in to minimise land acquisition, the Government will still need to acquire some land in the highly built-up Rochor area, in order to construct the NSE. Other than Rochor Centre, small portions of the landscaped areas of Golden Landmark, Gateway and The Plaza are also being acquired within the Rochor area for the NSE construction.

We were unable to consult those potentially affected by the road proposal prior to its announcement because such information is market sensitive.

Immediately following the announcement of the full alignment of the NSE on 15 Nov 2011, HDB explained the acquisition and relocation package to affected flat owners and shop tenants personally through door-to-door visits. Affected property owners will receive market value statutory compensation. Affected HDB flat owners at Rochor Centre will also receive assistance to relocate to a replacement property, while the shop tenants will be given clearance benefits.

Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam is the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.