We thank Mr Chen Mu Quan for his letter (“24-hour construction works unbearable”, LHZB, 11 April 2015).
Construction works for the Thomson-East Coast MRT Line have commenced. In the early stages of construction, diaphragm walls have to be installed to provide critical support to underground structures. To ensure the safety of the construction workers, these walls have to be constructed continuously and without interruption, and hence overnight construction is required for a period of time. Construction of the walls along Ang Mo Kio Ave 4 are expected to be completed by the end of this year.
To mitigate the impact of noise on residents, noise barriers as high as 10 metres have been erected beside HDB flats, and noise dampening materials have been installed on the construction machines. We also regularly monitor the noise levels through noise monitoring devices installed at various locations to prioritise noisier works to the daylight hours.
We understand the inconvenience to residents, and we will do whatever we can to minimise the discomfort. LTA has been and will continue to engage residents on the construction progress. We hope residents can bear with us during this period of critical construction, so that we can deliver the benefits of the Thomson-East Coast MRT Line as quickly as we can.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority