Construction of BTO flats to be fast-tracked after circuit breaker period ends on 4 May

Construction of BTO projects will be quickened after the circuit breaker period is over. 

With construction activities for all Build-To-Order (BTO) projects stopped amid the government’s circuit breaker measures, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) revealed that the construction of BTO flats will be expedited following the lifting of such measures to keep projects on track.

“We will work closely with our contractors to track and monitor any impact on the progress of our projects and expedite works when the suspension is lifted,” said HDB in a statement.

In case there are changes to the projects’ timeline, HDB said it will inform affected residents through its My HDBPage online, reported The Straits Times.

The BTO projects that are expected to be completed this year include Clementi Crest in Clementi, Alkaff Oasis and Alkaff CourtView in Bidadari as well as Northshore Residences I and II in Punggol.

Meanwhile, upgrading works under the Home Improvement Programme (HIP) were also stopped since 7 April. Only toilet upgrading works under the programme were allowed to continue to make sure the toilets are usable, but all works ended on 9 April.

Introduced in 2007, the HIP focuses on flat’s improvement by addressing common maintenance problems at ageing flats.

Before the roll out of the circuit breaker measures, some HIP projects already had their supplies and manpower affected by Malaysia’s movement restriction order, which are in effect till 14 April.

Anthony Koh, Chief Executive of building maintenance and estate upgrading firm ISOTeam, said the completion of HIP works at one of his projects in Tampines has been delayed by one to two months due to the Malaysian move.

Work started last October and was originally set for completion by Q3 2020.

Once the suspension is lifted, arrangements will be made by HDB with households to resume internal works.

Moreover, counters at the HDB Hub within Toa Payoh and all branches were closed, with appointments, except for ongoing transfer and resale cases, deferred until further notice. However, online and call centre services remain available.

HDB is slated to launch around 3,700 BTO flats in Tengah, Choa Chu Kang, Pasir Ris and Tampines as well as around 160 assisted living flats for seniors within Bukit Batok.

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