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Singaporeans, tourists and expatriates can expect to see some changes to the country's surroundings within the next 20 years. Singapore is expecting a rise in their population and the country's planners are already laying the groundwork to accommodate the increase. Housing, recreation, land transport and future economical needs are being developed based on the new population estimates. Based on its previous target of 5.5 million, its previous plans would not be sufficient to accommodate the people.

So do expect some major changes to happen in an effort to ensure that there are sufficient resources for Singapore's residents. There has not been a confirmation on when the target of 6.5 million will be reached. The demographics of the people who would make up those numbers have no been released as well. The population has rose from a mere 3.9 million to 4.5 million over the past 6 years. The people who make this increase possible includes foreigners who arrive in Singapore for work and study. If this trend holds, an increase to the project 6.5 million can possibly be met within the next 20 years.

 

With the in flux of foreigners, many Singaporeans are worried that there would be an imbalance. Most of them are open to having more foreigners in the country but many believe that citizens should first and foremost receive priority when it comes to public sector resources. Nonetheless, these improvements to the country's infrastructure is beneficial not only for Singaporeans themselves, but also for foreigners looking to make a home here.

The estimated rise would definitely result in a high demand for housing. Within the next 2 to 5 years, the older housing board estates will go through a 'total urban regeneration' programme. The older estates will be revamped and are more likely to be more dense to accommodate the in flux of people. Newer and more improved facilities will also be installed such as lushly landscaped car parks, sky gardens, an upgrade in transportation and pedestrian links as well as water and energy saving features. Plans for this upgrade are currently in the concept phase and more details will be released later this year.

The transport ministry is also reviewing its road and rail networks. A comprehensive study is being done to ensure that there is enough to go around in terms of transportation, both public and private. Discussions for a new 33 station downtown link are underway and this downtown line aims to connect Marina Bay to the residential areas in the North West and the East.

Some of the developments that have been discussed include the extension of development towards the south from the Marina Bay and Collyer Quay area. This phase will be launched sometime after the year 2010. Business centres will also be built in the suburbs such as Jurong and Paya Lebar in an effort to increase jobs in the area. Areas such as Little India, Kampong Glam, Balestier, Holland Village and Siglap Village will also see improvements to attract more visitors.

Singapore promises its people that there will be ample space and facilities to accommodate everyone. The city will remain as a bustling and cosmopolitan city while maintaining its natural elements and its historical value. Most of the details of the plan are still a little vague. But one thing is for sure, this upgrade is not meant to turn Singapore into a country made of cement and steel. Nature will be conserved in most parts and historical landmarks would be preserved even as the city develops. Maintaining the nature and history of the country will ensure that the future generation will be able to experience all that the country has to offer.

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