For many years, we have actually been making great development in tapping underground spaces, from utility lines to rail lines and roads, to fulfill the many and expanding needs of our metropolitan country. There are likewise extensive underground pedestrian links in locations like Marina Bay, which improve connectivity and enable people to stroll in comfort.
As apparent in several urban cities, the use of below ground space has mainly been created on a first-come-first-served basis. Over time, this hinders additional expansion and optimum use of underground space.
By planning and safeguarding the space upfront and with the help of technology, we can unlock the potential of underground space and make better use of it.
Why do we intend to go underground?
Going underground broadens our space sources by optimizing land use as well as freeing up beneficial surface area land for more liveable usages. There are no plans to place housing underground. The concern is to place uses such as rail lines, energies, warehousing as well as storage space facilities underground.
By positioning extra crucial framework underground, we can devote our land for more people-centric uses like housing, parks and community areas, improving the top quality and also vibrancy of day-to-day life in Singapore.
Underground pedestrian links seamlessly connected to MRT lines that run underground enhance connectivity and accessibility for commuters, allowing them to travel in air-conditioned comfort regardless of external weather conditions.
Besides these, using dedicated underground tunnels or ducts for our utilities and infrastructure can increase resilience for these networks by providing a safe, secured and controlled environment for the installation, operation, maintenance and replacement of the networks.