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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!