Government in talks on ‘green corridor’
By Grace Chua, Straits Times, 16 Jun 2011.
The Minister of State for National Development has sounded what green groups have read as a positive note on the fate of the island’s north-south strip of railway land.
Brigadier-General (NS) Tan Chuan Jin indicated in a Facebook post that the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the National Parks Board have been in talks with the Nature Society of Singapore (NSS) over several interest groups’ proposal to turn the land into a continuous strip of recreational space.
The 173.7ha tract of land, which now belongs to Malaysia’s Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM), reverts to Singapore on July 1. About 40km of railway now sit on it – 26km from Tanjong Pagar to Woodlands, and at least a further 14km of disused line from Clementi to Jurong.