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Jan 5, 2013

Is Orchard Road or "Tortured Road" in Singapore?

What's going on inside the boarding?

During the photo-shoot at Orchard Road in December, 2012 to post the "Christmas@Orchard 2012" blog , the above set of photos were not included.

It was not intended to camouflage the section outside Tang Plaza to show the "ugly" side of Orchard Road during the Christmas festivities in 2012. Some shoppers may grumble about the inconvenience caused and the obstruction to traffic for the peak period when business at the shops on both sides of the road are the busiest during Christmas.

Many years ago before Orchard Road became a "shoppers' paradise" - A Great Street , motorists called it "Tortured Road". Tortured by construction along that stretch of Orchard Road for underground cabling, water pipes, telecommunication lines...digging one section, then covered when completed at one section and digging started at another section again and it goes on and on for years...

Motorists often complained to the local newspapers' forum pages (formerly known as "Man in the Street" page) and described Orchard Road as the road work "tortured" by PUB, Telecoms, PWD and even Television Singapura need to bury underground cables beneath Orchard Road. 

So why is Orchard Road being "tortured" again during Christmas 2012?

Foreign visitors and tourists to Orchard Road may not know about the floods at Orchard Road last year.  That has become history but widely reported on Wikipedia here .

Man-made solutions by the relevant authorities to control the forces of Nature against floods in Singapore takes time, machines, manpower and money, so once again must say to the motorists and pedestrians "Sorry, "Tortured Road".

This time next year, "Merry Christmas 2013" at "floodless" Orchard Road.  Cheers!

On a related blog topic on major developments and constructions in Singapore which took 3½ years at Marina Bay Sands. Las Vegas Sands (LVS) was declared winner of the Marina Bay site in the prime new business district of Marina South with its business-oriented resort. LVS highlighted its forte in Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions (MICE)  on 27 May 2006.

Lets watch the "Marina Bay Sands Construction in Singapore" video on YouTube.  Thanks to "amarpreet36" who uploaded from an Android phone.

Awesome, isn't it? If buildings in Singapore could be built these ways overnight like magic!


Blogger ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Oh I love this posting James. I am glad you've decided to shift away from your usual and write about Tortured Road. You will definitely get more comments from me.

Not only is Orchard Road a tortured road, this whole island has been strangled and maimed in the name of progress.

I hope others will read this post and provide positive feedback as to how we can stop this island-wide immigration of cranes that have been flocking, pecking and polluting our little red dot with dust, grime and unending noise!

January 5, 2013 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Thimbuktu said...

Thank you for sharing your feedback and personal views on this blog topic, Andy.

Singapore is a small island without natural resources to develop. We do not have precious mineral, oil or land for agriculture.

We only have human resources to tap on our talented people for capital entrepreneurs in a knowledge economy based businesses in Singapore. Foreign investments are attracted to develop in Singapore.

There are also many local musicians in the entertainment industry to show their well-known names all over the world.

Singapore is a country under construction in progress...non-stop for decades.

Without these construction and building activities all over the island, it could have remained as a fishing village like many nearby countries in the region over 100 years ago.

Just my 2 cents ; )

January 9, 2013 at 11:45 AM  

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