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In 2006 the "Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters" Programme (ABC Waters), was introduced in Singapore.
In 2006 the “Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters” Programme (ABC Waters), was introduced in Singapore. The purpose of the Clean Waters Programme was to transform the country’s water bodies beyond their functions of drainage and water supply into lakes with new spaces for recreation.
The Bishan park project is one of the flagship projects under this programme. The park was due for major refurbishment and the Kallang River, in the form of a concrete channel along the park edges, was also due for upgrading to cater the increased rainwater runoff from the catchment due to urbanization.
A 2.7 km long straight concrete drainage channel has been restored into a sinuous, natural river and sixty-two hectares of park space has been redesigned to accommodate the dynamic process of a river system, including fluctuating water levels, while providing maximum benefit for park users.
The introduction of the naturalised river into the park has increased the biodiversity of the park by 30%.