SINGAPORE — The Housing and Development Board (HDB) has completed about 63 per cent of pandemic-induced delayed Build-to-Order (BTO) projects as of March 2023, said National Development Minister Desmond Lee on Tuesday (18 April).
In a Facebook post, the minister said that the percentage represents a total of 58 projects completed over the last two years.
In March alone, HDB completed a total of seven BTO projects, which is the highest number in a single month since 2017 and significantly higher than the average of one to two completions a month.
This included projects such as Keat Hong Verge in Choa Chu Kang, which the minister said is the first BTO project to be completed without any delays since the COVID-19 circuit breaker in 2020. The project had a waiting time of about two years.
Another of the completed BTO projects, Marsiling Grove in Woodlands, had been affected by the liquidation of the previous main contractor Greatearth.
"It was not easy, but through the concerted efforts of HDB colleagues and contractors, we managed to deliver the project according to committed timelines, without compromising on safety and quality," said the minister.
He added that the last of Greatearth's projects, West Coast Parkview, is on track to be delivered in Q3 2023.
"We look to complete all remaining delayed projects in about two years' time," said the minister.