LTA's environment report now online

The report was open to the public, but to get information on a new environment impact assessment (EIA) for an upcoming MRT line, people had to make their way to the Land Transport Authority's Hampshire Road premises to read the 1,000-page hard copy, with no photography allowed.

Yesterday, after complaints that it was too difficult to access the study, which looked at the potential impact of soil works for the Cross Island Line if it cut through the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) put it online.

LTA puts 1,000-page environmental study online after people complained it was inconvenient to access

SINGAPORE - The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has finally put a 1,000-page environmental impact assessment report online. This comes after members of the public had complained it was very inconvenient to get their hands on the results of the study - undertaken to look at the potential impact of site investigation works of the upcoming Cross Island Line which could cut through the Republic's largest nature reserve.

Why make it so hard to read impact assessment report?

The environmental impact assessment (EIA) on the impact of the upcoming Cross Island Line on the highly sensitive parts of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve is open to public viewing and feedback, but only through appointment at the Land Transport Authority (LTA) headquarters ("Measures to lessen impact of MRT works on S'pore's largest nature reserve: LTA"; ST Online, Feb 5, and "Tests on nature reserve must be conducted with care: Study"; Feb 11).

Measures to lessen impact of MRT works on Singapore's largest nature reserve: LTA

SINGAPORE - When soil investigation works for the upcoming Cross Island MRT line start in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve in the third quarter of 2016, there will be measures in place to reduce their impact on the plants and animals in the Republic's largest nature reserve.

Among the mitigation strategies revealed by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Friday are plans to use enclosures to reduce engine noise and tanks to contain discharge.

Tests on nature reserve must be conducted with care: Study

Tests to see how a train tunnel can be built through Singapore's largest nature reserve would have a "moderate" impact on plants and animals there, but only if measures to reduce impact are strictly implemented.

Otherwise, the soil investigation works for the upcoming Cross Island Line could have a large impact on the highly sensitive parts of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. The mitigation strategies to prevent this include the use of enclosures to reduce engine noise and tanks to collect discharge.

Loei gold mine meeting canned

AN ADMINISTRATIVE organisation’s meeting to consider Thung Kham Co’s licence extension to use forestland for gold-mining operations in Loei’s Wang Saphung district was called off yesterday at the last minute amid protests by local residents.

Tension was high yesterday morning as more than 400 police officers, soldiers and Volunteer Defence Corps troops guarded the meeting at the Tambon Khao Luang Administrative Organisation and declared the area a restricted zone.

The Rak Ban Kerd activists group had gathered at the venue demanding to participate in the meeting.

Danger in power plants

The government's decision to speed up its controversial energy and development programmes is deeply disappointing. It has decided to press ahead with them without consulting the communities involved. It also is determined to bypass many environmental checks. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is employing the draconian Section 44 of the temporary constitution, a doomed provision that will soon expire.

Selangor government to finally meet anti-SUKE lobby to hear grouses

SHAH ALAM, Jan 18 — The Selangor state government will meet with a group that is opposing the construction of the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang highway (SUKE) to hear their grouses on the matter, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said today.

“I have seen the objections voiced out and I have contacted their representative and asked that the group be notified of our intention to meet,” Azmin said, referring to the group “Say No to SUKE”.

“We will decide on a date soon,” he added.