Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan revealed today that SMRT spent S$2 million to replace equipment and components damaged during last October’s MRT tunnel flood.
He said in a written parliamentary reply that the flooded tunnels between Bishan and Braddell MRT stations had “submerged trackside equipment as well as components installed on the undercarriage of the train that had stalled in the tunnel.”
Khaw was replying to a question by Workers’ Party NCMP Leon Perera regarding the extent of damage to equipment and facilities, and the estimated costs of repairs.
The flooding incident was a landmark low for Singapore’s rail system – it was the first time the MRT system was disrupted due to floodwaters.
Train service along a long stretch of the North-South Line was grounded for 21 hours across 2 days.
What’s possibly worse is a subsequent investigation into the incident uncovered that maintenance staff had falsified records and had not maintained the flooding pumps near Bishan MRT for close to a year.
Their negligence hampered the efficiency of the pumps, which succumbed to the heavy rain that fateful day.
SMRT has since fired 8 staff members and disciplined 3 others over the incident.
It could pursue legal action against 2 former executives who left the company during the course of the investigations.