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Stamford Diversion Canal construction to start this year: PUB

Construction work for first phase of canal will start in the third quarter of this year, and the whole canal is expected to be built by 2017.

SINGAPORE: PUB said on Thursday (May 22) that construction work for the first phase of the Stamford Diversion Canal, which covers Orchard Road, will begin in the coming months.

Building of the canal will take place in two phases, with the first phase covering the Tanglin and Kim Seng areas. This will be carried out by Or Kim Peow Contractors at S$50.6 million, the national water agency stated.

A tender for the second phase, which will cover the Grange Road to River Valley Road areas, has been called. The entire canal is expected to be completed in 2017, said PUB.

It added there will be traffic diversions at a stretch of Grange Road at the junction of Orchard Boulevard and River Valley Road off Kim Seng Road. However, diversions will be carefully planned with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to minimise inconvenience and disruption to the public and those working and living in the vicinity, the agency said.

The new two-kilometre-long Stamford Diversion Canal is part of a holistic approach by the PUB to ease the load on the Stamford Canal. Prolonged heavy rains in recent years have resulted in the canal exceeding its capacity, leading to major flooding in various part of the Orchard Road shopping belt. 

In addition to the diversion canal, PUB is also building a detention tank near the junction of Tyersall Avenue and Tyersall Road. It has a storage capacity of about 38,000 cubic metres, or 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools, and will be used to capture excess stormwater from the drains along Holland Road.

Construction for the detention tank began in December 2013, and will be completed in 2016, it said. 

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