New hawker centre to be built at Bukit Panjang

Singapore, October 8, 2011 - A new hawker centre comprising both cooked food and wet market sections will be built and completed in Bukit Panjang within the next three years.

This centre, to be located at the junction of Bukit Panjang Road and Pending Road, will help cater to residents' dining and marketing needs.

Since the last hawker centre built in 1985, the government has focused on the upgrades of existing hawker centres.

Over $420 million has been invested to improve the dining and marketing environment of the centres under the Hawker Centres Upgrading Programme (HUP).

In view of the growth of new population centres, the building of new hawker centres will resume to cater to the needs of the community.

More hawker centres will be built in the coming years to add to the current variety of eating options such as coffee shops and food courts.

Building efforts will be focused on new estates such as Punggol and Jurong, although this will depend on land availability.

Public feedback has reaffirmed the demands and needs for hawker centres as they provide a wide selection of food to Singaporeans at affordable prices.

It also plays a role in creating a shared space for the community, serving as places for social interaction for Singaporeans from all walks of life.

vtay@sph.com.sg