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Downtown Line 2 to open in December 2015

Residents in Bukit Panjang and the surrounding areas will have more travel options to other parts of Singapore when the Downtown Line 2 (DTL2) opens this December, ahead of the original Q1 2016 timeframe, revealed Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew in a Facebook post on Sunday.

Construction work on Stage 2 of the project commenced in July 2009, but was expected to be delayed after Alpine Bau, the main contractor for three stations, went bust in 2013.

The 16.6km long DTL2 comprises one depot and 12 stations, including four interchange stations at Little India, Newton, Botanic Gardens and Bukit Panjang.

Schools in the Bukit Timah area, as well as businesses at malls like Coronation Plaza, Railway Mall and Bukit Panjang Plaza are expected to benefit from the new MRT line, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in a Facebook update.

Eateries along Sixth Avenue and Beauty World Centre will also become more accessible, LTA added.

Meanwhile, Stage 3 of the DTL is on track to open in 2017. Once completed, the entire line will connect the north-western and central-eastern regions to the new downtown.

Hotel in Little India up for auction

TEKKA Hotel, comprising nine adjoining two-and-a-half-storey shophouses off Serangoon Road, will be put up for auction at an indicative price of $17 million to $19 million.

The refurbished pre-war property in Belilios Lane is on nine titles and has a 99-year leasehold tenure from March 8, 1995. It is in the Little India conservation area under the 2008 Master Plan and is zoned for commercial use. The hotel has 50 guest rooms and six retail and restaurant spots, spread over a gross floor area of 20,397 sq ft. An assumed price of $18 million would translate to about $160,000 per room. The shops on the ground floor are tenanted and fetch combined rent of $54,900 a month. The last tenancy expires on Sept 30, 2012.

Colliers International is auctioning the hotel on Sept 23. Its deputy managing director of agency and business services Grace Ng said that in line with Singapore’s aim to attract 17 million visitors a year by 2015, demand for hotel accommodation could spill over to city-fringe areas. Tekka Hotel is strategically located in a vibrant area with a rich cultural heritage, she said. And with more budget-conscious tourists from countries such as China, India and Vietnam, ‘budget hotels will be a popular choice’. Continue reading