Subzone of Toa Payoh Planning Area & Housing Estate
|Planning Area||Toa Payoh|
|• Total||0.57 km2 (0.22 sq mi)|
|• Density||18/km2 (45/sq mi)|
History and Etymology
The word Bidadari means "fairy" in Malay. The 45-acre of land was formerly the grounds of Istana Bidadari, a palace belonging to one of the wives of Sultan Abu Bakar of Johor. In 1903, plans were made to develop a Christian Cemetery. The Municipal Government acquired the land in 1904 and Bidadari Cemetery was officially opened in 1908. Later on, the Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist burial sections were added. The cemetery continued to accept burials till 1972. In 1996, the government announced that the site of the Bidadari Cemetery had been ear-marked development.
In 2013, HDB announced plans for a housing estate at the site of the former Bidadari Cemetery. Residential developments are currently underway. Upper Aljunied Road has been realigned, and three new roads (Bidadari Park Drive, Alkaff Crescent, Woodleigh Link) have been constructed to serve the upcoming estate. Woodleigh MRT station along the North East Line will provide MRT access to residents of Bidadari estate once it is ready.
- City Population - statistics, maps and charts | Bidadari
- Tan, Rachel (1 September 2013). "Singaporeans unfazed by Bidadari's cemetery past for planned HDB estate". The Straits Times. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
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