18 HDB neighbourhood renewal projects delayed by over six months

By having the COVID pandemic presenting drastic obstacles to the building and construction industry, Eighteen out of 32 NRP ventures that are unfinished have already gotten obstructed by in excess of 6 months, made known the Ministry of National Dvlpmt.

“All of the Eighteen projects have continued construction operation bit by bit from October’20, and are projected for being concluded on the next 2 to 3 yrs,” it explained in Parliament on Monday 1 November.

It was actually replying to Member of Parliament Ng L.L., that consulted concerning the amount of Neighbourhood Renewal Program projects that have already gotten obstructed by more than 6 calendar months and the projected time to eliminate the pile-up.

Regarding whether support regarding unprocessed material expenses might be expanded to contractors working with these jobs, MND discussed that support for raw material charges is applicative for HDB BTO properties which “carry a lawful provision for assurance of price variation of certain products”.

Furthermore considering works at Neighbourhood Renewal Program ventures are basically just not as intricate, the Town Councils “don’t comprise such a contractual arrangement for the constructors in their tenders”.

Hence, the support procedure for resources charges does not use on contractors of Neighbourhood Renewal Programme jobs.

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“Nevertheless, NRP contractors affected by COVID-19 can tag on another alleviation procedure presented beneath the COTMA, and Town Councils will assess in case that the alleviation solutions (e.g. extension plus manpower fees) apply to their Neighbourhood Renewal Programme commitments,” shared Ministry of National Dvlpmt.

The ministry steered that the Bldg and Construction Auth had at the same time released on 3 November 2020 the common Lengthening of Time of 122 days for private plus communal sector engagements affected by the COVID pandemic.

Having this, Town Councils may “furthermore examine farther extension of time durations with the contractors appropriately”.

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