CHAPTER 2

Singapore Mass Rapid Transit

Introduction

Singapore achieved internal self-government in 1959. During then, the city was severely overcrowded, had poor sanitary conditions and extreme poverty. In 1960, the government initiated construction programs to address housing shortage, industrial expansion and social improvements. The Government planned the country’s economic focus on manufacturing sector; By the 1970s, multinational companies serving global markets thrived and Singapore was emerging as a prosperous regional and global economic environment.

There was also a serious concern about shortage of commercial space and inadequate transport system. Incomes increased, people’s spending power followed suit and quality housing programs ...

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