We refer to Ms Bhavani Prakash;s letter, "Don't cut a road across the green corridor", (Straits Times, 8 March 2011).
We understand the concerns that the construction of the new access road into the Faber area could affect the environment in the area. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) had taken this into consideration when planning this new access road. We are working closely with the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and National Parks Board (NParks) to minimise any impact to the existing environment and the number of trees affected. This includes planting a dense row of trees along the new stretch of road. NParks is also selecting the appropriate species of trees which not only provide shade but also attract birdlife.
We have taken a holistic approach in ensuring a quality living environment. It includes not just having a green environment but also a congestion-free one. The new access road is important in ensuring that the living environment is not affected as traffic increases in the future due to new housing developments in the area.
Prior to the start of this project, LTA had consulted the Adviser, Neighbourhood Committee (NC) Members, Grassroots Leaders and residents on the new road at various dialogue sessions. As in many things, there are difficult trade-offs to be made and this access road is necessary for the wider public interest.
We thank Ms Bhavani for her feedback.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Deputy Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority