POSTED: 30 Dec 2013 17:38 | CNA


The intense ramped-up Build-To-Order (BTO) programme has served to clear the backlog of applications for new public housing, and to pave the way for a more sustainable programme in 2014.

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan made the point in a blog post on Monday.

He noted that 13,600 new flats were completed in 2013, with keys handed over to their owners.

Referring to the Montreal Ville BTO block handover last week, he said: “It was a proud moment for us, as it symbolically marked the end of a busy and productive year.

“We are at the two-and-a-half year mark, after we ramped up supply to an average of 26,000 flats a year. Indeed, Montreal Ville BTO is among the first batch of BTOs soon after I stepped into MND (Ministry of National Development) in mid-2011.”

Mr Khaw added: “Next year, we will see greater results of this ramped-up programme, when we complete more than 28,000 new flats. That is more flats than the entire Clementi Town!”

Saying that he and his team at the Ministry and HDB are bidding farewell to 2013 with a dose of satisfaction, Mr Khaw thanked the staff of HDB and its construction partners, including architects, contractors and construction workers.

– CNA/gn