Punggol has an estimated HDB resident population of 187,800 and we manage 49,909 flats in the town (as of September 2019). These numbers are set to rise over the next few years as more developments take shape and new residents and young families move into the town.
Punggol was a fishing village occupied predominantly by Malay settlers. As more Chinese immigrants settled in Punggol, they engaged in plantation work, poultry farming, and pig-rearing activities.
The Punggol of today is very different from its rural past.
The blueprint for Punggol 21 was first unveiled in 1996 by the former Prime Minister, Mr Goh Chok Tong, with the vision of developing Punggol 21 as ‘A Waterfront Town of the 21st Century’.
In September 2007, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong unveiled new plans under the Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) programme. Punggol was selected as one of the pilot towns under the ROH programme, with new strategies and plans formulated to reinforce and realise the vision of Punggol as a waterfront town. One of the plans was to dam up Sungei Serangoon and Sungei Punggol, and introduce a man-made waterway through the town to connect these 2 reservoirs, opening up opportunities for waterfront living.
In 2010, Punggol was selected for development as Singapore's first Eco-Town, to enhance the living environment in its estates and encourage residents to do their part for the environment. Punggol also serves as a ‘living laboratory’ for HDB to test new ideas and technologies in sustainable development, and integrate urban solutions to create a green living environment. One of the first eco-friendly housing projects in the town was Treelodge@Punggol.
The vision for waterfront living was realised with the development of housing projects along Punggol Waterway such as Waterway Terraces I and II, and Waterway Ridges.
In 2014, Punggol Northshore was announced as the first nature-centric district to test-bed smart technologies in public housing. These include an intelligent parking demand monitoring system, sensor-equipped lighting in common areas and smart waste management.
Housing projects in the newest Punggol Point District, including Punggol Point Crown and Punggol Point Cove, were launched in 2019. Their designs pay tribute to the town’s rich heritage as a rustic fishing village.
The 4.2km-long Punggol Waterway is now one of the most recognisable landmarks in the town. Residents and visitors can take part in a range of leisure activities along the waterway and enjoy scenic views as they walk along the landscaped promenade.
Recreational spaces such as Coney Island, Punggol Promenade, and The Punggol Settlement draw people living within and beyond Punggol.