Notes on the Geography of Singapore: Singapore Modern: Photo 10
Between 1947 and 1959, 21,000 housing units were built by the government, particularly in the neighborhoods of Alexandra and Queenstown. Then a Master Plan was undertaken. It was finished in 1955 and adopted in 1959. By 1970 120,000 units had been built. To do that, 37,000 squatters were moved. Between 1970 and 1983, another 75,000 were relocated at a cost of S$800 million. They received S$27 per house, S$20-40 per coconut tree, and S$740 per hectare of vegetables. Those numbers may seem low, but a Land Acquisition Act of 1966 that permitted compulsory acquisition of land needed for any public purpose stipulated that compensation should be calculated without regard to the development value of the land.
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