In the report released by a panel of 13 electrical experts, they suggested more than 40 recommendations to make the Singapore rail system more resilient. They said that these recommendations should be implemented as soon as possible to reduce the number of power-related glitches on our train networks.
They urged for more frequent inspection and replacement of components and for the use of new monitoring technologies. Most damning of all, they called for tighter control of manufacturers and contractors at the design and building stages of the nation’s rail network and for much greater quality control to be observed.
They cited the newly opened Circle Line’s power cables which failed during the first few months of operation. They also recommended that essential components such as switches and circuit breakers should be replaced with more reliable models.
These damning recommendations put the Government’s lowest quote tender practices under the microscope and highlights the problems of giving such important infrastructural works to the lowest foreign bidder.