Friday, September 6, 2013

Bidadari's past will be retained

My Paper, Thursday, September 5, 2013, Page A6, News, Active
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By ADRIAN LIM, adrianl@sph.com.sg, Published on Sep 05, 2013



MODERN TAKE: A man-made lake is being developed in Bidadari housing estate, inspired by the former Alkaff Gardens (above) that was in the area.
PHOTO: MODERN TAKE: A man-made lake is being developed in Bidadari housing estate, inspired by the former Alkaff Gardens (above) that was in the area.
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THE future Bidadari housing estate will boast not only 11,000 new homes, but will also be the first new estate to retain and showcase the area's heritage in its design and development.

This is thanks to a partnership between the National Heritage Board (NHB) and the Housing Board, to ensure that Bidadari's storied past does not get left behind.

NHB shared with the media yesterday various plans. These include incorporating storyboards of old photographs and information about key heritage landmarks in the estate's proposed 500m-long Heritage Walk.

NHB's group director for policy, Mr Alvin Tan, said: "In the past, we have worked with HDB...but those (projects) were for incorporating heritage elements after the estate had been completed."

Bidadari is well known among Singaporeans as the site of a former cemetery for different racial groups.



The old cemetery gate, were moved to the Bidadari Memorial Garden at Mount Vernon after the graves was exhumed.
PHOTO: STORIED GATE: The old cemetery gate, were moved to the Bidadari Memorial Garden at Mount Vernon after the graves was exhumed.
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Exhumation of the graves was completed in 2004 and 21 selected tombstones of Singapore pioneers, along with the prominent cemetery gate, were moved to the Bidadari Memorial Garden at Mount Vernon. The tombstones include those of Chinese community leader Lim Boon Keng and former Cabinet minister Ahmad Ibrahim.



The tombstone of Dr. Lim Boon Keng, and those of 20 other pioneers, will be moved to a park in Bidadari estate.
PHOTO: OLD TOMBSTONES: The tombstone of Dr. Lim Boon Keng, and those of 20 other pioneers, will be moved to a park in Bidadari estate.
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These relics will be relocated and integrated into a new 10ha park in the Bidadari housing estate.

NHB said that its inputs will also be considered in the development of a new man-made lake in Bidadari, inspired by the former Alkaff Gardens in the area.

The lake was a popular recreation venue for families in the past and featured a Japanese-style bridge and a boathouse.

Mr Tan hopes that heritage considerations will be factored into the planning of future towns. Doing so, he said, "helps to strengthen the sense of belonging and pride in residents of a particular estate".
By ADRIAN LIM, adrianl@sph.com.sg, Published on Sep 05, 2013



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Partnership: 合作 hé zuò
Landmarks: 地标 dì biāo
Cemetery: 坟场 fén chǎng
Graves: 坟墓 fén mù



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