By Melissa Chong | POSTED: 12 Nov 2013 23:53 | CNA


National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan gave an update on Tuesday on the progress of infrastructure developments to keep up with future inflows of foreign manpower.

For public housing, the government is on track to complete 13,600 new flats this year.

By 2016, some 200,000 new units will be constructed — this is equivalent to four Ang Mo Kio towns.

As for transport, the Downtown Line will be opened in stages over the next few years, while the Thomson Line and Eastern Region Line will be completed in stages over the next 10 years.

Major road projects, like the Marina Coastal Expressway and North South Expressway, are also proceeding as planned.

For aviation, Terminal 4 and Project Jewel will be operational by 2018.

Mr Khaw said that better healthcare infrastructure is also underway.

By 2020, Singapore should see a 30 per cent increase in hospital beds, and new hospitals like Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Jurong Community Hospital will be ready by 2015.

To prepare for rising needs of eldercare, 17 new and replacement nursing homes will be completed by 2016.

Mr Khaw was responding to a query by MP Christopher de Souza on whether public infrastructure can keep pace with Singapore’s growth as a regional hub.

– CNA/gn