SINGAPORE - Once the site of a cemetery for different racial groups, Bidadari estate is slated to be transformed into an urban oasis with 11,000 homes.
With its rolling and undulating topography, Bidadari will have a 10ha green lung in the heart of its 93ha estate, offering residents ample space for recreation.
A man-made lake, inspired by the one found previously in the former Alkaff Lake Gardens there, will also be created in this new park.
The master plan for Bidadari, together with those for two other estates - Tampines North and Punggol Matilda - were unveiled yesterday by National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan.
The plans will be showcased to the public until Sept 15 at the Future Homes, Better Lives exhibition held at the HDB Hub Atrium. Members of the public are invited to give their feedback.
Mr Khaw, who launched the exhibition, said in a speech that the Housing Board is guided by a social mission, and noted that every new town "must be better than the previous one".
He suggested a list of criteria, such as promoting interaction through more public spaces, promoting healthy living through pedestrian and cycling networks, and setting aside green spaces.
He said the new estates will "capitalise on their individual distinctive character, so that they can all achieve a unique identity and provide a unique living experience".
The three estates will progressively yield some 40,000 new homes, mostly public housing, over the next 10 to 15 years.