Singapore to set aside another S$66 million for studies into ageing infrastructure and other urban challenges
The S$66 million will support solutions that can help upgrade Singapore's ageing infrastructure and create more space for the city's needs, says Minister for National Development Desmond Lee.
SINGAPORE: An additional S$66 million will be allocated to the Cities of Tomorrow research and development programme over the next five years, announced Minister for National Development Desmond Lee on Monday (Aug 1).
The initiative identifies key urban challenges and develops R&D solutions to support resilient, sustainable and liveable cities.
Speaking at this year's World Cities Summit, Mr Lee said the programme has seen "good progress".
The additional S$66 million will support developing solutions that can "help upgrade" Singapore's ageing infrastructure and create more space for the city's needs, he added.
"We will also develop solutions that use the latest technology, like data analytics and AI (artificial intelligence), to enable more effective urban planning that can cope with more complexity," said Mr Lee.
"Through more R&D collaborations amongst the Government, the research community and our private sector, we hope that the cross-pollination of ideas will strengthen our innovation ecosystem for our urban built environment and help our city better address our emerging challenges ahead."
At the Committee of Supply debates earlier this year, the Ministry of National Development (MND) had announced that an additional S$110 million would be allocated to the Cities of Tomorrow programme.
The programme was launched in 2017, and the Government set aside S$150 million for it at the time.
Of the S$66 million announced today, S$13 million will go into addressing Singapore’s ageing infrastructure challenges, through the development of advanced building inspection and repair systems, as well as advanced and durable building materials, said MND in a separate press release on Monday.
About S$35 million will be used to explore ways to create underground and sea space in a more cost-effective, resilient and productive way, to free up more land space to support "live-work-play activities", the press release read.
The remaining S$18 million will be used to develop advanced multidisciplinary urban planning solutions that incorporate urban sciences, data analytics and artificial intelligence to help planners and policy makers deliver more targeted planning outcomes and services, said MND.