STB lends weight to Temasek Holdings’ Mandai project

SINGAPORE Tourism Board will partner homegrown Temasek Holdings to create a nature-themed attraction for recreation and education in the Mandai precinct, with green public spaces for both locals and visitors, announced the Ministry of Trade and Industry yesterday.

The partnership includes the development of new attractions that will be integrated with the existing Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari, to be carried out in an environmentally conscious manner.

When completed, the Mandai precinct outside the nature reserves will comprise a total area of about 120ha, including the current cluster of wildlife attractions.

Commenting on the partnership, S Iswaran, minister (prime minister’s office) and second minister for home affairs and trade and industry, said: “Temasek’s concept builds on and significantly enhances the current attractions in Mandai.

“The proposal is sensitive to the area’s unique environment, while including exciting ideas and developments that will bring benefits to both Singaporeans and tourists.”

Additionally, Temasek will be commissioning an environmental impact assessment to evaluate the likely effects of the proposed development, with guidance from the National Parks Board.

The company will also work closely with relevant government agencies, such as the national water agency PUB to ensure reservoir water quality continues to be maintained.

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