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Nearly S$1b spent for electrical upgrading of HDB blocks

Since 1995, HDB has spent nearly S$1 billion on electrical upgrading works in some 2,400 older blocks to keep up with the technology-driven lifestyle of Singaporeans, said National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

SINGAPORE: Since 1995, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) has spent nearly S$1 billion on electrical upgrading works in some 2,400 older blocks.

This is to keep up with the technology-driven lifestyle of Singaporeans, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in his latest blog post titled "Keeping up with Modern Living" on Monday.

Mr Khaw said another 4,000 blocks will be upgraded in due course.

To support the higher electricity consumption -- from the use of mobile phones, tablets, PCs, TVs and air conditioning -- he said older HDB blocks have to be upgraded with 40 amps main switches, which is the prevailing standard specification.

HDB blocks built before 1990 were provided with 30 amps main switches.

Mr Khaw said since 1995, HDB has been carrying out electrical upgrading works to bring the old blocks on par with the newer ones.

He said electrical upgrading is costly as the works are extensive and involve building new infrastructure, such as electrical substations and laying higher capacity underground cables.

Thus, to minimise inconvenience to residents, the works are carried out in tandem with other upgrading programmes and implemented progressively across Singapore.

To find out if your block has been upgraded to a higher electrical loading, check the HDB InfoWEB.

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