CADEN LIM: Has the government forgotten about us Punggol residents and our transport needs? It has been 15 years since the Punggol Temporary Bus Interchange opened, and today it still remains as “temporary”. While bus interchanges in places like Jurong, Tampines, Ang Mo Kio and Toa Payoh, get upgraded nice and well, we are left with this “temporary” abomination that looks more like it belongs at the Keppel shipyard.
Not only that, just imagine that Sengkang is a 10-minute drive away from Punggol. When we take the bus, it takes us one hour to reach. Maybe Mr Khaw should try that bus journey once and see if he gets a headache just like he did from taking the LRT.
Besides housing and sanitation, transport infrastructure is one of the basic elements of a housing estate and should be planned for in the Land Transport Authority’s masterplan. However, it seems like the government doesn’t have a plan. If there are plans, these have not been communicated to us residents. I’m not so much concerned about housing value – I just want to get to work and back with a relative amount of ease and comfort.
What happened to all the talk about how this government is one that plans for the long term? Maybe it does for other housing estates, but it looks like us Punggol residents drew the short end of the straw.