Heng to oversee taskforce at Centrale 8 project

Romesh NavaratnarajahJune 25, 2015

Centrale 8

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat will lead a special taskforce that will look into the complaints of residents at Centrale 8 in Tampines, revealed a Channel NewsAsia report.

This comes after MPs from Tampines GRC received a petition from a group of residents about recurring defects in the Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS) flats.

Notably, residents from 400 of the 708 units at Centrale 8 are calling for the extension of the one-year warranty period and compensation. They complained that the developer used inferior quality materials in constructing their units.

In an email, Tampines Town Council chairman Baey Yam Keng told residents that the taskforce will include representatives from the Tampines Town Council, the developer Sim Lian and relevant government agencies.

“It will be led by a small group of experienced grassroots leaders, supervised by Minister Heng himself personally,” revealed Mr Baey, who also serves as MP in Tampines GRC.

With Mr Heng taking a “personal interest in the matter”, Mr Baey is optimistic that the matter can be amicably resolved through a collective effort.

Suspended in 2011, DBSS is now under the spotlight following recent complaints by residents over defects found in their new units.

Image: Artist’s impression of Centrale 8 DBSS estate.

 

Romesh Navaratnarajah, Singapore Editor at PropertyGuru, edited this story. To contact him about this or other stories email romesh@propertyguru.com.sg

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