SINGAPORE: The number of Housing and Development Board (HDB) blocks where lift upgrading is not feasible has been reduced to about 200, Senior Minister of State for National Development Lee Yi Shyan said in Parliament on Tuesday (Jul 14).
“While we try to offer the Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) to as many HDB blocks as possible, there are some blocks where the LUP is not feasible due to technical constraints or prohibitively high cost,” Mr Lee said in response to questions posed by several MPs.
The number of such blocks has been reduced through the adoption of new technologies and innovative solutions, he said, adding that the ministry is exploring ways to reduce the number further.
For example, HDB is piloting two new solutions – the Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator (PVE) and the Vertical Platform Lift (VPL). Trials of the PVE started last month, while the VPL is currently being evaluated, Mr Lee said.
HDB will conduct surveys to gather feedback from users to determine if the lifts are suitable for wider implementation, he said.
“Residents who wish to move to a unit with direct lift access can sell their existing flat and either buy a resale flat or a new subsidised flat if they meet eligibility conditions. Meanwhile, Singaporean residents who are in urgent need of direct lift access due to medical conditions or disability may approach HDB for housing and financing assistance,” he added.