Dear Anyone-who-visited-punggol-end and nature lovers,
I'm a student from NUS, we are doing a tourism module and as a project we are proposing a development plan to preserve Punggol End.
I actually live in Jurong East and went to visit Punggol End today, and was "blown away". Personally, I am someone who is very interested in nature. Although the grassland at Punggol End is actually reclaimed, nevertheless the ecological succession from reclaimed soil is related to nature. There are lots of interesting grassland plants including a beautiful lalang landscape.
Unlike many other parts of Singapore, the vegetation is chaotic and wild, a landscape that is so open and different from the typical concrete jungle. Moreover, during the short visit (of a couple of hours) i saw quite a few species of birds that i seldom see in other parts of singapore. Surely this site is a precious site in terms of wild life. Where else can we see such an open grassland ecosystem in Singapore? I think there are few other places.
Unfortunately, such an open piece of waterfront land is a juicy bait for development, and we think losing this beautiful tranquility would be an immense pity Anyone else thinks so?
For our project we are planning to "build" minimal resorts, about 20 WIDELY scattered huts around the grassland, arranged in a way to minimize environmental damage. the huts would include 5 wooden, 5 bamboo ones, 5 possibly treehouses, and 5 cottages.
Additional highlights would be minimal, and include a modest little bird watching tower where people can go to listen to birds singing, with charts of punggol birds. There will also be a hut for masseuse services. Plus kite-flying facilities, and a fishing pond somewhere more inland. Some other parts will contain about 10-12 huts selling food, and somewhere out into the sea a kelong will be built for a kelong fine dining experience.
In summary, we plan to minimize changes to the environment and maintain a very rustic feel.
This is in contrast to the URA's proposed plans to build houses all over the area and wiping off the grassland. Development is inevitable, and our plan is to preserve the nice piece of nature and also people's memories. Moreover, i believe many other people staying in the west side will be pleasantly amazed to find such an open grassland in Singapore. A small scale tourism can economically sustain the area, while maintaining the rustic charm.
Note this is just an academic project. However our lecturer has links to the STB and also our projects will be reviewed by STB staff.
Any comments on this? We are wondering if there are actually people who would really like to keep the grassland at Punggol end. Also wondering if there will be problems with such a plan. Hope to hear your thoughts lah, i m personally quite excited abt the prospect of keeping the grassland