North-South Corridor to be ready in 2026

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will be calling several bids for the building of the 21.5km North-South Corridor (NSC) in the forthcoming months. – Northwave EC

With the objective of linking towns in the northern area to the city centre, the NSC is touted as Singapore’s first incorporated transport corridor, featuring cycling trunk routes and constant bus lanes, said the LTA.

Besides making it more easy to travel between Yishun, Sembawang, Woodlands and Ang Mo Kio, the constant bus lanes are anticipated to reduce travelling time by up to half an hour to the city.

Cyclists may also anticipate the bicycling trunk route, that will link the various park connectors and committed cycling trails along the hallway to downtown within the HDB towns.

“The reconfigured NSC will open up exciting and new transportation chances for residents remaining along the NSC, particularly for Singapore,” said LTA’s Chief Executive, Chew Men Leong.

Singapore’s Woh Hup will construct Amber MRT station for a contract amount of $146 million, while MCC Group’s building unit, China Jingye Engineering Corporation Limited (Singapore Branch), acquired the $188 million contract to construct the Bedok South station and its related tunnels.

The TEL’s 13km East Coast expanse will serve residents living in the eastern area of Singapore who aren’t served by the present railway system, including those in Marine Parade, Siglap, Tanjong Rhu, Upper East Coast and Bedok South.

It’s targeted to be finished in two stages, with the first seven stations from Tanjong Rhu while the remaining two stations are scheduled to be usable by 2024 to Bayshore anticipated to be prepared in 2023.

Look into possible rental violations by URA & CEA

CEA and URA have been investigating the cases mentioned by The Business Times,” Chua Geck Siang, CEA’s Performing Deputy Manager (Licensing), told the paper.

Under the URA’s guidelines, the leasing of rooms to residential renters or a whole flat is only allowed for six months and above. Anything below that’s just allowed for serviced apartments and resorts.

Nevertheless, a BT report earlier this month disclosed that some lodging providers have been offering short term stays in private residential properties. They could evade the bureau’s rules as a result of clever wording of the tenancy arrangements.

On behalf of BS Shenton Pte Ltd, tenancy arrangements issued by Uncharted Homes, for instance, stipulate a tenancy interval of at least six months, but come with a diplomatic clause allowing the tenant to rescind the contract without fee.

LMB Housing Services, another lodging service provider, uses an open-ended agreement that lays down a minimum lease of six months without setting the last date of stay. In addition, it gives tenants the right to stop the lease if they submit a conclusion letter before departing without incurring a penalty.

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One of the many providers that provide short term stays, the only other ones named in the BT report were International Service Flats and Atas Home, formerly called Overseas Students Placement Centre (OSPC).

Under the Estate Agents Act, people and entities must be licensed and registered with the CEA.