Now is the appropriate time to engage on the Cross Island Line

May 23, 2013 by  
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“Public engagement should start from the point of policy design, and continue even as we implement these policies. At the policy design stage, engaging the public allows us to forge a shared mutual understanding with those who are impacted by these policies. By consulting various stakeholders, policymakers can better take into account their different perspectives and concerns.” – DPM Teo Chee Hean

The doctor says he is going to cut your loved one’s heart. You ask him if there’s a need to do so, how he is going to cut, whether there’s any risks and potential dangers, and if an independent assessment is going to be made. His reply is that he would tell you at an appropriate time. How would you feel? Naturally, you would be worried and want to know what’s happening and whether it’s the right thing to do.

Similarly, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced plans to build the Cross Island Line (CRL), a MRT line that would cut across the Central Catchment Nature Reserve (CCNR), which is known as Singapore’s Green Heart. Nature Society and concerned individuals are asking LTA on the environmental impacts of the line crossing the legally protected Nature Reserve, and if an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) would be conducted. LTA says it would conduct an EIA but did not mention when, and adds that it would engage Nature Society at an “appropriate time“. How would you feel?

Route-of-LTAs-proposed-Cross-Island-Line-CRL-through-the-Central-Catchment-Nature-Reserve-by-habitatnews

The appropriate time to engage is NOW. In fact, the most appropriate time for LTA to engage stakeholders is before the announcement of the plan for the CRL to cross CCNR. Unfortunately, LTA did not do so.

As the CRL cuts through the CCNR, which is a sensitive habitat and legally protected Nature Reserve, it is important for LTA to be more proactive and transparent in communicating its actions on this issue. Interested groups should be engaged at this stage before any feasibility and EIA studies are conducted, so as to avoid unnecessary second-guessing and worrying about the impacts.

NOW is the time for LTA to engage Nature Society and interested individuals and groups. Share your plans for the CRL and the EIA. Share, Explain, and Engage Now. Not at an appropriate time.

What Can You Do?

You can send an email to LTA CEO, Mr Chew Hock Yong, at hock_yong_chew@lta.gov.sg and remind him politely that now is the appropriate time to engage stakeholders on the CRL, and ask him to set a date to engage the stakeholders before the feasibility and EIA studies are conducted.

What we need is not an appropriate time, but an exact date and time.

“In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy.” – John C. Sawhill

Image credit: Route of LTAs proposed Cross Island Line (CRL) through the Central Catchment Nature Reserve by habitatnews, via Flickr

Green Future Solutions Supports The Green Corridor and Develops New Campaign Website

April 11, 2011 by  
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Support The Green Corridor

On 1 Jul 2011, the Malayan Railway Land will be returned to Singapore for development. Nature Society (Singapore) (NSS) submitted a proposal, The Green Corridor: A Proposal to Keep the Railway Lands as a Continuous Green Corridor, to the relevant government agencies on 21 Oct 2010. NSS proposes to retain the current KTM Railway Land as a Green Corridor after the train operations cease. The proposal can be viewed at http://www.nss.org.sg/doc/TheGreenCorridor101103.pdf.

At Green Future Solutions, we see the potential of The Green Corridor and support the proposal. We agree with the NSS’s views that:

There are so many compelling reasons to preserve the Railway Land as a Green Corridor. It is readymade Nature Corridor, Recreational Space, Eco-friendly transport route all rolled into one. It is a valuable piece of ecological and historical heritage that should be preserved for future generations of Singaporeans.

To gather support for The Green Corridor, we created the ‘We support The Green Corridor in Singapore’ Facebook page in Nov 2010, which has about 1,460 supporters so far. It’s now 3 months to the closure and return of the railway lands on 1 Jul. Time is running out as we wait for the government’s reply on the proposal. Read more

We support The Green Corridor in Singapore

December 22, 2010 by  
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The-Green-Corridor-1A message from We support The Green Corridor in Singapore:

As we come to the end of the year and start our celebrations, we would like to thank everyone for supporting The Green Corridor.

Next year, we will continue to post news and updates, and organise more walks along the railway lands, as we wait for the government’s reply to Nature Society’s proposal.

Currently, we have over 660 supporters since the Facebook page started last month. Our Christmas wish is to reach 1,000 supporters by the end of the year. We hope that you can help fulfill our wish.

If you support the proposal, here’s how you can help:

1) Share the Facebook page with at least 10 friends.

2) If you belong to an organisation or network, tell your members.

3) If you own a website, blog or publication, write something about the proposal.

4) Or simply share this message with your friends using the ShareThis button below.

Thanks for your support. Have a blessed Christmas and a great year ahead!

In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy. – John C. Sawhill

Read more about The Green Corridor proposal and why we support it.

Why We Should Have The Green Corridor

October 31, 2010 by  
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Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. – Oscar Wilde

The-Green-Corridor-1Nature Society (Singapore) (NSS) has submitted a proposal, The Green Corridor: A Proposal to Keep the Railway Lands as a Continous Green Corridor, to the Singapore government on 21 October 2010. NSS proposes to retain the current KTM Railway Land as a Green Corridor after the train operations cease.

Background on the Railway Lands

On 24 May 2010, Singapore and Malaysia leaders agreed on the issue of the Malayan Railway Land in Singapore. Malaysia will move the Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB station) to the Woodlands Train Checkpoint by 1 July 2011, and will co-locate its railway Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) facility there. Both leaders also agreed that the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station Passenger Terminal building would be conserved given its historical significance, and that the old Bukit Timah Railway Station building at Blackmore Drive can also be conserved.

Both countries will also set up a company, M-S Pte Ltd, by 31 December 2010, with Malaysia having a 60% share under Khazanah Nasional Berhard and Singapore having a 40% share under Temasek Holdings. The company will handle the joint development of the three parcels of KTM land in Tanjong Pagar, Kranji and Woodlands, and another three pieces of land in Bukit Timah.

On 20 September 2010, Malaysia agreed to accept the land swap offer by Singapore for four land parcels in Marina South and two pieces in Orphir-Rochor in exchange for the land parcels of KTM land in Tanjong Pagar, Kranji, Woodlands and Bukit Timah. This means that all the railway land would be available to the Singapore government for development after 1 July 2011. There is no announcement yet on how the government would develop the land. Read more