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Old March 15th, 2007, 12:19 AM   #1
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Fort Canning Tunnel

It has been completed.The National Library is gone.LTA has won.But what we get is 5 mins.What the tunnel reminds me off?An old Chinese tomb albeit with an entry point.
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Old March 15th, 2007, 11:25 AM   #2
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The tunnel entrance looks grand and nice for a tunnel. But I dont see the point of the tunnel. It barely cuts travel time and it makes buses filter to the right most lane after the tunnel to serve a bus stop (which has been relocated from Park Mall side). Inconvenient.
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Old March 15th, 2007, 01:56 PM   #3
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Tunnel vision is no excuse

Tuesday • March 13, 2007

Letter from Vasanthan Govindasamy

I refer to the article, "How important are those five minutes?" by Mr Siew Kum Hong (March 12).

Whether the tunnel saves five minutes of travelling time or not, I would say that the old National Library was a building dear to the many Singaporeans who had used it over the years. Now, whenever I drive by the area, I see a tunnel in the place of a national icon. Call it tunnel vision.

Indeed, I wonder if the people who decided to have the tunnel built had ever spent time at the National Library.

That the tunnel will save Singaporeans a few minutes is not an excuse they will accept. I, for one, avoid it because I don't see the fanfare. Although I would not have urged the authorities to keep the National Library as a library, they could have utilised it in other ways as a landmark, like the nearby National Museum.

A museum and a library make a more ideal pair than a museum and a tunnel, which now seems out of place.

To the authorities: Have a heart as to what we ought to preserve. It doesn't matter that a huge sum of money was spent on the tunnel but it took the place of an eye-catching library that was a must-visit destination for many Singaporeans.

http://www.todayonline.com/pda/176958ag.htm
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Old March 18th, 2007, 09:09 AM   #4
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Yah I agree that it was a shame the old library building was demolished.

I think the former road between the SMU campus and the Museum will be expunged and used for pedestrian activities, as well as future pedestrian connection to Fort Canning Park.
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Old September 4th, 2007, 03:30 PM   #5
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Any renderings of the old National Library?

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Old September 4th, 2007, 06:07 PM   #6
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Any renderings of the old National Library?

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Old September 5th, 2007, 03:34 AM   #7
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Looks like a Grand Ol' Dame. A pity they pulled it down. Could have restored the interior. Exterior-wise, it's ok.

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Old September 5th, 2007, 09:00 AM   #8
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Have you seen it in real life before?

I think it was demolished in 2004.
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I forgot Was it the library with mosaic tiles inside?

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Yup the library was there. Didnt pay close attention to the interior details but it was old and musty inside, with dusty bookshelves
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Ew! I didn't mind the mosaic tiles but I guess I didn't pay attention to the shelves either

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