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Singapore Reveals Plans for 'Long Island' Project to Combat Land Scarcity

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Singapore Reveals Plans for 'Long Island' Project to Combat Land Scarcity

Singapore has unveiled plans to undertake technical studies for an ambitious land reclamation initiative, dubbed 'Long Island.' This project, potentially located off the East Coast, is envisioned to create a landmass nearly twice the size of the existing Marina Bay area. A reflection of Singapore's continuous efforts to tackle the persistent issue of land scarcity, the planned endeavor is a testament to the city-state's proactive approach to optimizing its limited geographical footprint.

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The proposed Long Island project is Singapore's strategic response to the looming threat of rising sea levels and inland flooding in the East Coast region. National Development Minister, Desmond Lee, has announced that public agencies will embark on a five-year technical study, slated to commence in early 2024.

The project entails the reclamation of three new tracts of land, elevated and distanced from the existing coastline, thereby creating approximately 800 hectares of additional land. This reclaimed land is expected to be twice the size of Marina Bay and would include a new freshwater reservoir bordered by East Coast Park.

A Vision for Long-Term Expansion

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Long Island is not just a project for the present, but a vision for the future. The initiative is expected to span several decades for planning, design, and development. The technical studies to be initiated will delve into the feasibility of this concept, integrating coastal protection measures with future reclamation plans on Singapore's east coast. The potential reclamation of nearly 800 hectares of land will offer more opportunities for waterfront living and occupations, thereby enhancing the city-state's urban landscape.

As part of the project, Singapore plans to extend the current East Coast Park by adding around 20 kilometers of new coastal and reservoir parks. Authorities have pledged to engage residents and stakeholders, including local businesses, in the planning stages for Long Island.

This engagement aims to foster a sense of community ownership and align the project with the needs and aspirations of the local population. The development of Long Island is a significant factor in Singapore's broader strategy to ensure sustainable land use and cater to the future needs of its burgeoning population. The project is a clear sign that the government is taking a front-foot approach to plan for the long-term expansion and effective utilization of its scarce land resources.

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