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Where old meets new at Rochor Canal old meets new at Rochor Canal7/3/2015 4:00:00 PMRiver-in-the-city enhances connectivity and bridges communities3/3/2016 12:00:00 PMIssue DatePress ReleaseAbout PUB’s ABC Waters ProgrammeAbout PUBAbout PUB’s tagline: Water for All: Conserve, Value, EnjoyFind out more about us<p>A distinctive icon in downtown Singapore and a waterway synonymous with the country’s history, the revitalised Rochor Canal was officially opened this morning by Guest-of-Honour Ms Denise Phua, Mayor of Central Singapore District and Adviser to Moulmein-Kallang Group Representation Constituency (GRC). </p> <p>Under PUB’s Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Programme,  a 1.1km-long stretch of the Rochor Canal between Jalan Besar and Crawford Street has been transformed into a vibrant waterway that integrates seamlessly with existing residential and commercial developments. This section of the canal was also deepened and widened as part of continual drainage improvement to increase its capacity.   </p> <p>A key highlight of the makeover is the seamless connectivity from Jalan Besar to Crawford Street, through the creation of an urban promenade that runs along the canal, linking residents to the surrounding enclaves of unique districts like Bugis, Kampong Glam, Jalan Besar and Bencoolen as well as to the Lavender MRT station. The lookout decks along the promenade also present scenic views of the waterway and bring people closer to water. Two pedestrian bridges were reconstructed to further enhance connectivity across the river and between developments. </p> <p>To cater to the needs of the community, the Gateway Plaza was constructed over a previously open area near Ophir Road.  The Gateway Plaza, which boasts a capacity of 330 people, creates a focal point where the community can gather for events and mass activities like exercise workouts and block parties, all set against a myriad backdrop of residential and commercial buildings.  The public can also enjoy a brief respite at the benches and the two pergolas dotted along the waterway. These amenities enliven the surroundings, beckoning residents to the waterfront for recreational and leisure activities. </p> <p>A resident who has been living near Rochor Canal for the past 30 years, Mr John Yeo, 52 years old, said, “As a young man, I remember the river was narrow, smelly and littered with rubbish.  Through the years, the state of the river has gradually improved and today, I enjoy strolling along the clean and beautiful river, interacting with my fellow neighbours.  I also notice that the rejuvenated waterway is drawing more residents to gather along its banks and enjoy the clean waters and the cool breeze.”</p> <p>Another resident of the estate, Mr Lim Ah Wah, 79 years old, was also full of praises for the revitalised canal, “The makeover of Rochor Canal has been very dramatic.  When I moved here about 15 years ago, the canal was very unappealing but today, we have a transformed waterfront.  I now make it a point to stroll along the beautiful canal every day.  The new spacious promenade also links me to the neighbouring MRT station, improving accessibility for us residents.” </p> <p>  </p><figure><img class="imgMaxWidth1" src="" alt="" /></figure> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle">[from left to right] Mr Edwin Tong, Adviser to Moulmein-Kallang GRC; Guest-of-Honour Ms Denise Phua, Mayor of Central Singapore District and Adviser to Moulmein-Kallang GRC; Mr Ng Joo Hee, Chief Executive of PUB officiating at the Official Opening of ABC Waters @ Rochor Canal</span><p> </p><br><br> <p>  </p><figure><img class="imgMaxWidth1" src="" alt="" /></figure> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle">[from left to right] Mr Mohamed Idrees, Jalan Besar King George’s Avenue Residents’ Committee Chairman; Mr Edwin Tong, Adviser to Moulmein-Kallang GRC; Guest-of-Honour Ms Denise Phua, Mayor of Central Singapore District and Adviser to Moulmein-Kallang GRC; Mr Ng Joo Hee, Chief Executive of PUB; Mr Tang Ang Cheong, Kampong Glam Kelantan Residents’ Committee Chairman; and Mr Robin Ong, Principal of Stamford Primary School reciving their Friends of Water certificates from Guest-of-Honour</span><p> </p> <br><br> <p> </p><figure><img class="imgMaxWidth1" src="" alt="" /></figure> <span class="ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle"> New urban promenade and reconstructed pedestrian bridge</span><p> </p> <br><br> <p>  </p><figure><img class="imgMaxWidth1" src="" alt="" /></figure> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle">Beautiful & clean waterway against a vibrant backdrop of commercial and residential buildings</span><p> </p> <p><br>Along the 1.1km stretch, PUB has also put in an extensive collection of eleven rain gardens that treat rainwater runoff using specially-selected plants and soil media before it is discharged into the waterway.  As the Rochor Canal leads eventually to the Marina Reservoir, the rain gardens will help to improve the quality of the rainwater runoff entering the canal and offer learning opportunities to nearby residents and students on rainwater runoff treatment.</p> <p>A beneficiary of the project is Stamford Primary School, whose premise is in the vicinity of the canal.  “With the rejuvenated Rochor Canal at our doorstep, my teachers and I are happy to partner PUB and leverage on this waterway to inculcate in our pupils the value of water. Through the rain gardens, they can also learn about the importance of keeping the rainwater runoff that enters the waterway clean.” said Mr Robin Ong, Principal of Stamford Primary School. </p> <p>Mr Tan Nguan Sen, PUB’s Chief Sustainability Officer, said, “Rochor Canal is a unique project, with the canal weaving through an eclectic mix of buildings and amenities, including HDB estates, schools, commercial complexes and the Kampong Glam enclave.  This project has transformed the landscape of this area to bring more bustle and excitement to the community – from students to the general public. The Rochor Promenade is fast becoming a meeting point where residents meet and catch up as they transit to the other places.  As Rochor Canal is one of five waterways that flows into the Marina Reservoir, we will be working with the residents and stakeholders on how they can play an active role in taking ownership of this canal and helping to keep the waterway clean and free of litter.”</p> <p> (Click <a href="" target="_blank"><u><strong>here</strong></u></a> to view map of ABC Waters @ Rochor Canal)</p> <p>The ABC Waters Programme was launched by PUB in 2006 to transform Singapore’s water bodies beyond their utilitarian purpose into beautiful and clean streams, rivers and lakes, creating a vibrant City of Gardens and Water. Over 100 potential locations have been identified for implementation by 2030.  To date, 27 ABC Waters projects have been completed. </p> <p>PUB is a statutory board under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. It is the water agency that manages Singapore’s water supply, water catchment and used water in an integrated way. </p> <p>PUB has ensured a diversified and sustainable supply of water for Singapore with the Four National Taps (local catchment water, imported water, NEWater, desalinated water). </p> <p>To provide water for all, PUB calls on all to play our part to conserve water, keep our water catchments and waterways clean and build a relationship with water so we can enjoy our water resources.  If we all play our part, we can have enough water for all our needs – for industry, for living, for life.</p> <p>Visit our website at <a href=""></a><br> Like us on Facebook at <a href=""></a><br> Follow us on Twitter at <a href=""></a> <br> For our latest event photos, visit <a href=""></a> or <a href=""></a><br> Download our mobile app: MyWaters for <a href="">iOS</a>, <a href="">Android</a> or <a href="">Windows Phone</a></p>21/6/2016 3:14:10 AM