Clementi: History

11 June 2007

The south-western portion of Clementi used to be a swampland. The low-lying swampy area and foreshore land off West Coast Road was reclaimed by the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) and Jurong Town Corporation (JTC). The required filling material was obtained from the hills in the northern part of the town. The hilly northern part comprised kampongs and villages with squatter-type homes, backyards trades, cottage industries and farms.

Clementi New Town
Clementi is developed by Housing and Development Board (HDB) in 1974, and together with Telok Blangah and Ayer Rajah New Towns, will link the City with Jurong, forming the Western Technology Corridor of the 1971 Concept Plan.

With Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) bisecting the town into almost 2 halves, it imposed some constraints in vehicle and pedestrian circulation between the 2 portions. Therefore to overcome this problem, a special network of open spaces linked with a series of overhead bridges and underpasses between the neighbourhoods allows pedestrian walks and bicycle paths to be segregated from vehicular traffic. Like the other new towns, Clementi is planned on the neighbourhood principle, with neighbourhood centres within easy walking distance.


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