Parliamentary Questions from Er Dr Lee Bee Wah on 9 Jan 2017
1. To ask the Minister for Transport following the upgrade of the signalling system at the North-South and East-West MRT lines
(a) what improvements have been observed;
(b) what is the average interval between train arrivals during peak hours; and
(c) what maintenance protocols are in place to ensure that the signalling systems on the newer lines are always in optimal working condition.
2. To ask the Minister for National Development
(a) what plans are there to encourage more building owners and property developers to adopt solar energy technology; and
(b) whether the Ministry will consider introducing incentives for private landed home owners to install solar panels at their properties to save on energy consumption.
3. To ask the Minister for National Development
(a) what are the upcoming plans for HDB’s Home Improvement Programme in Nee Soon GRC; and
(b) whether the programme will include the sealing-off of airconditioner ducts as the plywood rots after some years
Answer: For Nee Soon GRC, there remain about 8,000 HIP-eligible flats. HDB expects to complete the selection of the remaining HIP-eligible flats by FY2018.
4. To ask the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
(a) if he can provide an update on NEA’s rodent control efforts;
(b) how successful is the Rat Attack Programme; and
(c) whether the Ministry is looking into how this problem is tackled by other countries.
5. To ask the Minister for Transport
(a) what are the findings of the ongoing pilot project to allow foldable bikes and e-scooters on MRT trains and buses;
(b) whether the Ministry will consider disallowing this during peak hours when the trains are very crowded; and
(c) what action can be taken if a passenger fails to fold the bike or e-scooter on the trains.