|Tanjong Pagar Railway Station|
What has this deals got to do with nature? Plenty actually!
I read with interest the The Strait Times news dated 20 Sept 2010 that part of this co-operation includes cross-border eco-tourism plans between Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on Singapore side with 3 Ramsar sites of Sungai Pulai, Pulau Kukup and Tanjung Piai at Johor. That i hope ends up as a viable and sustainable call for action to preserve large swats of coastal, marsh and mangrove land for migratory birds, the dugongs as well as the eco-system that sustains it.
Another is the railway land itself. It is said that the combined length of this railway land is estimated to be 40 km and taking up 80 hectares of land that starts from Tanjong Pagor, cuts across the fringes of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve before reaching Kranji and Woodlands.
Nature Society, Singapore is looking to build up a case and movement to preserve this railway land as a permanent green corridor similar to a nature park or a well connected park connector. This proposal is now available online. (link launches a pdf).
I like the ideas drawn out and i do hope the relevant agencies are able to come together to come up with a win-win plan for all. After reading the report, i was pretty amazed by the number of places that is seemingly "preserved" as a result of the existing railway lands.