|Planning Area and Regional Centre|
Central Singapore CDC
|• Members of Parliament||
Ang Mo Kio GRC
|• Total||10.25 km2 (3.96 sq mi)|
|• Residential||7.23 km2 (2.79 sq mi)|
|• Density||27/km2 (71/sq mi)|
Seletar is a planning area situated in the North-East Region of Singapore. Formerly a Royal Air Force military airbase site, the area now houses a new S$60 million Seletar Aerospace Park that spans 140 hectares. The aerospace park is expected to be completed in 2018 and will house industries specialising in aircraft maintenance and repair services. There are future plans to transform Seletar into one of the Singapore's regional centres, along with Jurong East, Tampines and Woodlands.
Seletar is probably one of the older local place names. The Malay word seletar refers to the aboriginal coastal dwellers (orang Seletar River (which has since been dammed up to form the Lower Seletar Reservoir), hence the river's name. Later, Sultan Abu Bakar of Johor is said to have taken these people from Seletar to Sungai Pulai in southwest Johor.
Seletar can also refer to a region commonly defined by the Ponggol River to the east, the Seletar River to the west, Ang Mo Kio to the south and the Straits of Johore to the north. It includes the areas covering Yio Chu Kang, Jalan Kayu, Lower Seletar Reservoir and a part of Upper Thomson.
Seletar was originally a rubber plantation estate owned and managed by the Singapore United Rubber Plantations Ltd. In 1923, the Straits Settlement government bought 600 acres (2.4 km2) from the Singapore United Rubber Plantations Ltd and gave it to the British Royal Air Force as a site for its military air base in Singapore. Construction of the airbase was completed in 1929 and it was officially opened in 1930. The airbase was the first RAF base east of India and had also served as a civilian airport until 1937, when Kallang Airport was opened to the public.
The Seletar Reservoir (now known as Upper Seletar Reservoir), was first built in 1920, after the First World War to cope with the water demand in Singapore. It was marked as a conservation site in August 1999.
The area is also dotted with colonial bungalows that were built for the military personnel of the RAF, which still stands today. In 2007, the government announced that some 174 bungalows has been set aside for demolition to make way for the new Seletar Aerospace Park, while the remaining 204 bungalows will be retained and some of these units will be converted into aerospace training schools and food and beverage outlets, while 131 units will be set aside for residential use.
- City Population - statistics, maps and charts | Seletar
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