Prior to the
closure of the KTM Railway the Nature Society (Singapore) proposed to the Singapore
Government that the Railway Land be retained as a green corridor for both
wildlife flora and fauna as well as for public enjoyment. This proposal was
accepted by the government and immediately after the last train ran the lands
were transferred to the stewardship of the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) in
July 2011. Works to remove the tracks etc were carried out and the lands opened
to the public. It was recognised that the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) lacked
the structure and resources to police the corridor and the Nature Society
(Singapore) once again spurred an initiative to provide a volunteer service
(Green) Rail Corridor Watch Group.
The group regularly patrols the whole corridor
from the Woodlands Checkpoint through to Tanjong Pagar. Regular reports are
compiled by the coordinator (NSS member) and filed with SLA. These reports
contain details such as overgrowth, fallen trees, illicit encroachment and
ground/path status together with photos, location and GPS Coordinates were
practical. This allows the SLA to action recovery contractors as necessary. The
record so far is less than 3 hours were a fallen tree blocking the path has been
removed after an initial call.
The Green Corridor Watch Group enjoys a cordial relationship
with the SLA officers and also attend occasional meetings and mutual
walkabouts. This is a typical exercise were the Authorities work with
organisations such as NSS which largely go unpublicised and unnoticed. Any
regular Corridor users are welcome to contribute reports to NSS containing
sufficient information to locate the position. Urgent issues will be reported
immediately were others will be compiled into our next report.
If you would like be a part of the Green Corridor Watch Group or if you have any enquiry, pls email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of our volunteers filming for the SLA Corporate video.