National Development Minister Lawrence Wong on Thursday (28 Jan), said that the Housing and Development Board (HDB) has been working with the town councils to replace old lifts under the Selective Lift Replacement Programme (SLRP), reported Channel NewsAsia.
He noted that the outcomes are being monitored by the Ministry of National Development (MND), which will decide on the next course of action.
Wong said this in response to MP Tin Pei Ling’s query on whether a new upgrading programme can be implemented to replace aging lifts in HDB estates which are seeing frequent breakdowns.
The Minister revealed that the SLRP was introduced in September 2014 to replace around 750 old lifts with modern ones that come with better security and safety features. He added that the new features will benefit around 33,000 households.
Responding to Aljunied GRC MP Pritam Singh’s question on the programme’s selection criteria, Wong explained that lifts under the SLRP are selected based on the date of original installation.
He added that it is the statutory responsibility of the town councils to carry out the lifts’ maintenance and cyclical replacements, which they are doing so now.
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