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Posted: 17 November 2004 1704 hrs
No temporary stadium when National Stadium is demolished
By S Ramesh, Channel NewsAsia
SINGAPORE: There are no plans to build a temporary stadium in place of the National Stadium at Kallang when it is demolished for the building of the new sports hub.
The Acting Minister for the Community Development, Youth and Sports says Singapore also does not need an intermediate size stadium for the moment.
Replying to questions in Parliament, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan stressed what's needed is the optimal use of the existing regional stadiums in Singapore for sporting and other activities.
He said: "The Ministry will work to ensure that the facilities are affordable. But having said that, you also have to bear in mind that at the end of the day someone still has to pay for it. It is a question of how much the user will pay versus how much you want the taxpayers to pay. Our prime focus should be to get the overall cost down and we can do that best by running things cost- efficiently."
As for the sports hub, tenders will be called next year and construction start in 2007.
It should be completed by 2010. - CNA