18 HDB neighbourhood renewal projects delayed by over six months
By having the COVID-19 pandemic presenting major difficulties on the construction field, 18 out of 32 Neighbourhood Renewal Programme properties that are incomplete have already been postponed by in excess of six months, communicated the Min of National Development.
“All 18 ventures have already carried on building and construction services bit by bit from October2K20, and are assessed to get executed during the following 2 to three years,” it explained in Parliament on Mon 1 Nov.
It was actually answering MP Ng Ling Ling, who questioned the variety of Neighbourhood Renewal Program ventures that have been stalled by in excess of 6 calendar months plus the approximated period to clear the backlog.
About regardless if back up concerning basic material prices might be extended to building contractors working with these jobs, MND spelled out that help for basic material costs is associable for Housing and Development Board BTO jobs which “have a lawful agreement for safeguard of rate change of some supplies”.
Moreover given that labors at NRP projects are generally not really as complicated, the Town Councils “do not comprise such a constitutional arrangement for the building contractors in their contract”.
Therefore, the assistance procedure for unprocessed material amounts does not use on service providers of NRP jobs.
“In spite of that, NRP building contractors impacted by COVID-19 can knock on another alleviation measures provided within the COVID (Temporary Measures) Act, and Town Councils is going to check if the solutions procedures (e.g. extension and labour costs) are suitable to their NRP agreements,” revealed Ministry of National Dvlpmt.
The ministry steered that the BCA had also revealed on 3Nov2020 the across the board Stretching of Time of 122 days for private also communal industry contracts affected due to the COVID pandemic.
Hereby, Town Councils are able to “likewise review farther EOT moments with the contractors accordingly”.