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WATER LEAKAGE CAUSE OF DTL GLITCH, IS IT DANGEROUS?

It is concerning that the cause of the faulty platform screen door at the Botanic Gardens MRT Station was caused by a water leakage. Investigations by the SBS Transit had found that water seepage had damaged the electrical components of a screen door at the Botanic Gardens Station. The leak was apparently caused by natural groundwater seeping in from a space above the screen door - believed to be the tunnel ceiling. The leak has since been repaired. SBS Transit confirmed that they had filled it filled with a polyurethane chemical to prevent water from getting through again. Checks were also done at all North East Lines and Downtown Lines station, and it was found that minor water seepage was present at two doors at the Downtown Line's King Albert Park station.

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HOW SAFE ARE BIG TREES FOUND BY THE ROADSIDE IN SG?

It takes a tragedy to get some things moving. Unfortunately, that is the sad fact of life, and unfortuntely, a tragedy happened at the Botanic Gardens over the weekend that makes the relevant authorities to sit up and take notice. A life had been lost in unfortunate circumstances, how sure are we that the very old trees by our roadsides are also safe? Can the authorities be certain that these trees will not be a hazard to road users? While we wait for investigations to be completed over the Botanic Gardens tragedy, let's hope the authorities do not neglect the issue of safety of old trees found by the roadside and in open-air carparks.

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Botanic Gardens one step closer to UNESCO

The National Parks Board and the National Heritage Board yesterday jointly announced the submission of the Singapore Botanic Gardens for nomination as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The submission document contained details of the Gardens’ historical, economic and socio-cultural importance, and Singapore’s long-term commitment towards the Gardens’ protection should UNESCO choose to awarded it World Heritage status.

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