SLA gazetted the acquisition of two private land lots – 268 and 270 Woodlands Centre Road on 30 March 2017 to facilitate ICA’s extension of the Woodlands Checkpoint (WCP). Spanning a total land area of 3,264 sqm, the acquisition affected three lessees and 14 tenants, who had to handover the properties to the State by 1 October 2018. Compensation would be pegged to the market value at the date of gazette and SLA is working closely with the affected lessees and tenants, and assist them throughout the acquisition process.
The acquisition was necessary for ICA to build an extension of the WCP at the Old Woodlands Town Centre (OWTC) as part of its efforts to upgrade the WCP. The OWTC site would enable upgrading works to be progressively carried out at the existing WCP without compromising checkpoint operations. It would eventually become an extension of WCP to increase overall clearance capacity and to enhance security.
Since the opening of WCP in 1999, traveller and vehicle volumes through WCP had been increasing over the years and the security threat had heightened significantly. The WCP had to be upgraded to meet growing traffic needs and ensure that immigration clearance remained secure.
ICA is now conducting a feasibility study to determine the optimal design of the WCP extension and the full extent of upgrading and redevelopment works required.