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Blk 621 Lift Upgrading Programme – 1st Meeting

Dear residents,

The inaugural meeting of the Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) Working Committee was held on 22 November 2011.

This LUP exercise would cover Blks 621, 611-613, 621, 631 and 632 Bedok Reservoir Road. As Blk 621 is situated within Eunos Heights precinct, I focus my writings on this Block.

The timeline for LUP is as follows:

  • November 2011 – 1st Working Committee meeting
  • 1st Quarter 2012 – Polling
  • 3rd Quarter 2012 – Commencement of Works
  • 4th Quarter 2014 – Completion of Works
Why the Delay?
We understand that many residents of Blk 621 were puzzled why all the other blocks within Eunos Heights precinct qualified for LUP (and in fact most are completed) but Blk 621 was left out. HDB shared that Blk 621 is a “Type B flat”, as it is not as straightforward as the other blocks in terms of constructing a lift for every floor for the block. As such, Blk 621 was grouped together with other Type B flats around the precinct for LUP.
The RC members and our Adviser Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed had been liaising with HDB to hasten the LUP at Blk 621. We sincerely thank residents for the patience over these 2 years.
Polling
  • Only Singapore Citizens who currently have no direct lift access would be allowed to vote.
  • Polling is on block basis – 75% of voters have to vote “YES” in order for the LUP to be carried out.
Money Matters
  • For 5-room flats, Government pays 80%, Town Council pays 10%, Flat owner (Singapore Citizen) pays 10%
  • There is no Government subsidy for PRs, hence they would have to pay 100% of the cost
  • Flat-owners need to pay only after all works are completed. You can choose to pay via CPF or Cash, either one lump sum or monthly instalment plan over a 5-year or 10-year period.
  • One Lump Sum would be up to S$3,000.00 (estimates only)
  • 5-year instalment plan: up to $58 per month (estimates only)
  • 10-year instalment plan: up to $31 per month (estimates only)
Financial Assistance
  • Flat-owners who are 55 years or older – Can defer payment with interest until the flat is sold or transferred to another
  • Flat-owners who are less than 55 years old – Can defer payment with interest for one year (yearly review) or until the flat is sold or transferred to another
  • Households earning up to $2,000 per month – Can extend repayment to a maximum of 25 years.
Lift Features
  • Vision Panel
  • Infra-red door curtain
  • Position Display Indicators
  • Urine Detection Device (UDD)
  • Machine-roomless lift
  • LED lighting for lift car
Feedback
  • We had raised certain concerns that we gathered from residents during our Block Visit earlier this year during the Working Committee meeting:
    • Some residents were concerned on the aesthetics of the balcony wall, as a new door frame would be constructed. HDB contractors mentioned that they would employ diamond cutting to minimise the damage to existing wall designs. They would also reinstate the wall to its existing look after installing the new door.
    • Duration of the construction of the door frame would be about 1 week, during which it would be internally hoarded.
    • We also highlighted the concern that natural lighting could be affected.
  • We would be conducting another round of Block Visit to share more information on the LUP and hope to solicit more feedback from residents before the next Working committee meeting.
  • I am glad to share that our RC Treasurer Mdm Kim Bay, who’s also a resident of Blk 621, is a member of the LUP Working Committee. As such, you can also approach her to share your feedback.
  • You can also email your concerns to me via eunoszone3@gmail.com

We look forward to your support for the LUP. Thank you!

Best Regards,

Fong Yoong Kheong
Vice-Chairman, LUP Working Committee
Chairman, Eunos Zone ‘3’ Residents’ Committee

HDB Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP)

LUP is here!

Residents living at blocks 614-616, 619 and 622-629 Bedok Reservoir road will be benefitting from this HDB LUP scheme. Under the LUP, residents currently staying at non-lift levels can decide if they would like to see lifts stop at every floor at their blocks.

The launch of the LUP will be held at 13 November 2009 (Friday), 7.30pm at Blk 626 void deck, in conjunction with Eunos Zone ‘3’ RC 25th Anniversary. Our MP, Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed, will officiate the much-awaited launch. Polling will start immediately after the launch at 8pm and will continue until 16 November 2009.

A block will receive lift upgrading only if more than 75% of the residents voted for it.

HDB personnels will be going house-to-house to distribute information paper as well as event tickets to the launch.

See you there!