Some New BTO Apartments Might Be Deferred By Upto 9 Months

The new built apartments at Bukit Batok, Build-To-Order (BTO), expected to release the keys last month but will now be delayed till the beginning of the next year – said Joyce Loh who is a Retail Sales Assistant and her husband.

The couple owns a flat in the West Palins at Bukit Batok and it is among one of the many BTO projects that has been facing a slow down for around nine months, which was earlier reckoned to be six months, informed the Housing Board to the Straits Times.

Ms. Loh further said that they had paid a deposit to the Interior designer company and were very excited to move in this year. They had finished purchasing new furniture as well and were quite disappointed as they were staying with their respective families since late 2018.

Due to the two month circuit breaker period which began on April 7, the BTO projects was estimated to be delayed by six months approx. as the construction was ceased said HDB in May.
Despite the fact that development works have continued bit by bit since June 2, when the circuit breaker were eradicated, organizations need to stick to severe safe administration measures at work destinations in the midst of the pandemic.

On Wednesday, HDB revealed to ST that while the postponement is still as long as a half year for most ventures, there are a few squares in a couple of activities where the deferral could be longer by up to nine months.
It isn’t yet determine what number of ventures are confronting a nine month delay or the quantity of units influenced.

The deferral is because of different reasons, for example, the interruption in flexibly of precast segments and materials from abroad, the accessibility of labour and the capacity of contractual workers to meet the security pre essentials by the experts for work to restart, HDB stated.

From the current 89 sites, the Building and Construction Authority has given permission to restart the work of 69 BTO sites as on July 2, said HDB.

At West Plains @ Bukit Batok, four out nine blocks have been finished. Around 65 percent of the proprietors in the finished square have gathered their keys and the rest will do as such between this month and October.

The rest five blocks have been postponed by up to nine months and are required to be finished by the primary quarter of one year from now not withstanding unexpected conditions.

SkyParc @ Dawson is also facing a nine month delay. It has a total of three blocks and was constructed for residents in Tanglin Halt Road and Commonwealth Drive as a replacement projects. It was selected from the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme.

There is no information from the HDB as to how many blocks of the projects have been ended and how many have been slowed down.

The five blocks of the Northern Residencies I has been completely ended and around 50 per cent of the occupiers have also collected their respective keys while the remaining other half is expected to collect the keys between August-October.

Of the seven blocks, which is adjacent to the Northshore Residencies II, two blocks have been finished and about 20 per cent owners of them have collected their keys. The rest of the five blocks which are pending is anticipated to be gradually completed by the year end.

HDB exclaimed that they are trying their level best to concentrate on the projects that have been postponed and make sure that they observe the required cautious ways to restart the demand and begin work at the earliest.

It also stated that as the construction of the BTO project proceeds, flat buyers will be kept posted on the completion date via letters and their My HDBPage account.

Simultaneously, HDB has advised buyers who are finding it difficult to find a substitute housing with relatives or on the open trade market to contact them for assistance via e-feedback form at or can connect the branch service line at 1800-2255432.

Rental agreement for a one-bedroom condominium unit has been extended two times before his family moved into an unoccupied bedroom at his parents-in-law’s place – said Hamad Gadaffi, guest service agent.

He also added that he has two children, of age six and four, and they have been continuously inquiring as to when they can have their own bedrooms but are just being asked to be patient and to wait.

Recently married couple Jonathan Lim who is a Senior Engineer and his wife were hoping to get their keys by the end of May.

Their foremost worry is if they will be able to occupy their flat in Northshore Residencies II before December, as they are expecting their first child in December.

A total number of 7800 BTO flats will be provided in Bishan, Ang Mo Kio, Geylang, Chao Chu Kang, Pasir Ris, Tampine, Woodlands and Tengah by next month.

A future project of 5700 flats in Bishan, Sembawang, Toa Payoh, Tampines and Tengah will be launched in November.

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