In 10 to 15 years, the East region of Singapore will undergo a transformation that will make it an even better place to live in, according to mayor of south east district and MP Matthias Yao. He said this during the My Endearing Home Roving Exhibition which was held at Parkway Parade on 29 August.
Yao elaborated that Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) have many developments for the area including transforming the Kallang area into a lifestyle precinct called Kallang Riverside. There will be new homes, hotels, offices, retail and entertainment facilities along beachfront promenades and new park spaces.
“The familiar old Kallang Airport will be conserved and adapted to new uses and form part of a future development centred around the conserved lawn. Together with the Sports Hub, Kallang Riverside will be a significant sports and lifestyle cluster with a slice of history, supported by attractive beachfront hotels,” Yao added.
Meanwhile, Paya Lebar will be turned into a commercial hub with planned offices, hotels, retail and public amenities.
Yao says, “A new pedestrian mall will be created along Geylang Road to give more space for stalls during the popular annual Hari Raya bazaar. A plaza space in front of a new civic centre next to the rebuilt Geylang Serai Market could also provide additional space for activities and stalls to further enhance the Hari Raya celebrations. The proposed civic centre and plaza space will allow grassroots and community organisations to organise activities and events throughout the year.”
Other parts in the East will also see continued development like better housing choices with scenic views of Bedok Reservoir, East Coast Park, and Pasir Ris Park. There will be a new shopping mall as well as a bus interchange in Bedok Town Centre. A new university will be located near the Expo MRT station.
“Getting around the East as well as to the city will also be more convenient with the new Downtown Line 3 and Eastern Region Line MRT lines,” says Yao.
Yao adds, “When it comes to leisure activities, the East already has lots to offer. But we can expect more to come in the coming years. For instance, Bedok Reservoir Park will become even more vibrant with new facilities like a viewing gallery and fishing deck and new dragon boathouse. There are plans for a new motor racing track at Changi East for racing enthusiasts.”
Today, the East region is established with residences, schools, community facilities, places of worships, beaches and parks.