New Paper, 31 Mar 04
to link Sentosa to St John? | Plans for the Southern Islands |
Various plans for Southern Islands
by Teh Jen Lee
Before BG George Yeo's announcement, there had been various plans
for the islands. The first were conceived in 1989, with the Government
agreeing to fund the project in 1996. However, the development was
In 1999, the Urban Redevelopment Authority's plan was to use reclaimed
land for a marine village resort.
In 2000, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) proposed converting the
islands into an Asian version of Capri, an idyllic resort off the
west coast of Italy. The islands of St. John's, Lazarus and Pulau
Seringat would be linked through land reclamation and the building
of two causeways. The three islands total 88 ha, with 34ha of reclaimed
land to be added.
While 80% of the forests would be retained, there would also be a
five-star 290-room hilltop hotel, a three-star 170-room beachfront
hotel, 70 waterfront homes and 1,700 units of housing. Costing $280
million, it would bring in $460 million in land sales an dup to $600
million in construction business, said STB.
Based on 1999 tourism figures, STB had anticipated that 5% of the
7 million visitors to Singapore would visit the islands. Nearly 7
out of 10 would spend one or two nights there.
The islands were also touted as a nature park for Singaporean day-trippers
a year later.
In 2001, STB also said eco-tourism capitalising on the species-rich
forest and coral reefs would take priority, with resort development
following only when the economy improved.
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