Saturday, March 30, 2013

More than 500 thousand families have benefited from LUP: Khaw  |  Posted: 28 March 2013 1225 hrs

SINGAPORE: More than 500,000 families have benefited from the Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP). Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan said since LUP was launched in 2001, about 5,000 blocks have been upgraded.

Mr Khaw gave the update in a blogpost.

He said residents involved in the last few blocks to undergo LUP will be polled soon.

HDB targets to have the new lifts in these precincts operational by end-2014.

Mr Khaw also said the LUP has been a massive effort, costing S$5 billion and involving intricate engineering work. However, it has been worthwhile.

Mr Khaw said the LUP is the most popular of the many HDB upgrading programmes, and over the years, technology has improved to the residents' advantage.

One innovation was the "machine-room-less" lifts where the machines and controllers are mounted within the lift shaft, eliminating the need for the lift machine room. With this idea, blocks previously constrained by height limits were able to qualify for LUP.

Another idea was to use smaller, lower-cost "home lifts" in low-rise blocks which have fewer units to share the cost of a new lift. Though smaller, these lifts share the same features as conventional lifts, and are handicapped-friendly.

Mr Khaw said the LUP story is being completed but it will not be shut down. He said the HDB is mindful that the balance of around 200 blocks is still without lift access at some floors.

He gave the assurance that the board will continue to look for new ideas and pilot new technology to try to make it feasible for lift access to reach these blocks at some stage in the future.

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