The government will consider revising the criteria for Neighbourhood Renewal Programme (NRP) to allow blocks built after 1989 to be eligible for NRP.
Speaking in Parliament yesterday, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said if the NRP were to be extended, priority will be given to towns which have not experienced the Main Upgrading Programme (MUP) or the Interim Upgrading Programme (IUP).
The NRP was introduced in 2007 to enhance selected HDB precincts built before December 1989. Flats which underwent the MUP, IUP or IUP Plus, are excluded from the NRP.
Mr Khaw said based on this criteria, 187,000 flats are eligible for NRP. Of these, 100 NRP projects have been selected so far.
When completed, these projects will benefit residents in 140,000 flats, or 75 percent of the eligible flats.
“Now that we have crossed the three-quarter mark, it is timely to review the original set of selection criteria. We understand that residents in blocks built just after 1989 may feel that their blocks are also ageing, but they have just missed out on NRP, and they wish that NRP can also be extended to them,” he said.
Enhancements under NRP, which is fully funded by the government, include new drop-off porches and precinct pavilions.
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