6.9m population is worst case scenario: Khaw

By Romesh Navaratnarajah: The projected 6.9 million population revealed in the government's Land Use Plan is not a forecast or a target, according to National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

In a recent blog post, he said: "It is the worst case scenario. We hope we do not reach that figure; we may never reach that figure. But as planners, we have to ensure that the infrastructure could accommodate such a figure, if need be. Our hope is that the actual figure would turn out to be much lower."

Although the figure is merely an assumption, it is safer to follow a more aggressive projection and plan infrastructure needs based on it, explained Mr Khaw.

"This way we will not be caught under-providing, as we are experiencing currently."

Moreover, it is the responsible thing to prepare for the worst but hope for the best, he added. Romesh Navaratnarajah, Senior Editor of PropertyGuru, wrote this story. To contact him about this or other stories email romesh@allproperty.com.sg Related Stories: S'pore's estates to become denser by 2030

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