In 1977, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew put an ambitious project for the government – to clean up of the Singapore River and Kallang Basin. As a part of the plan infrastructures were built – hotels, houses, industrial workshops, sewages and other recreational establishments.
Where is the start of the Singapore River?
Why was it important to clean the Singapore River?
It was also about water security, as Singapore was highly dependent on water imported from Malaysia. Having clean waterways that could function as water catchments would help to boost the local water supply.
How clean is the Singapore River?
The Singapore River was suffocated by all the pollutants flowing into it. From 1977 to 1987, there was a multi-agency effort to clean up the Singapore River. Dumping of waste and used water from industries located near the river was eliminated. Rubbish was removed from the river and the riverbed was dredged.
How old is Clarke Quay?
They were built as unmotorised cargo boats in 1968 and 1972, and had been used as floating restaurants since 1993. In 2012, Clarke Quay received about one million visitors per month.