SLA facilitates the acquisition of land for national development projects. For example, in recent years, we have acquired land to enable the development of transport infrastructure for enhanced connectivity. Six properties along Amber Road and a walk-up apartment at Tanjong Katong Road, which were gazetted for acquisition in 2014, were handed over to the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in 2016 for the development of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL). In January 2017, SLA gazetted the acquisition of the land occupied by the Raffles Country Club for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR), the Cross Island Line’s western depot and other transport-related uses.
“Assisting the affected land owners was an issue that had to be handled delicately,” says Chia Young Chuan, who received a PS21 Distinguished Star Service Award for his role as the Collector for six semi-detached houses that were acquired for the construction of the TEL. “Advocating the No Wrong Door policy with a single point of contact for the owners, we strived to be sensitive to their needs, making sure the transition was a smooth one.”
ASSISTING THE AFFECTED LAND OWNERS WAS AN ISSUE THAT HAD TO BE HANDLED DELICATELY.CHIA YOUNG CHUAN