Ms Hazel Poa asked the Minister for National Development (a) what is the average annual number of cases of obstruction along HDB corridors; and (b) what is the average time frame for such cases to be successfully resolved.
Mr Desmond Lee: Based on the site inspections conducted by HDB, an average of one obstruction case per block is found along the corridors of HDB blocks each year. A case is considered an “obstruction” when the clear passage width at the corridor is less than 1.2 metres, as stipulated by SCDF.
The common areas, including corridors, in HDB estates are under the management and maintenance of the Town Councils. Town Councils are responsible for resolving cases of obstruction along HDB corridors. HDB does not track the average time taken by the Town Councils to resolve such cases. However, based on anecdotal feedback from some Town Councils, the average time taken to resolve each case could range from a few days to several months depending on the complexity of the case.