Facts and Figures
Punggol has an estimated HDB resident population of 134,100 and we manage 49,229 flats in the town (as of 31 March 2018). These numbers are set to rise over the next few years as more developments take root and new residents and young families move into the town.
History of Punggol
In the past, 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.
Punggol’s history includes a national heritage site, Punggol Point, which saw the massacre of Chinese civilians by Japanese soldiers during World War II.
Evolving Through The Years
Punggol has come a long way from its days as a village where poultry, pig and vegetable farms were located.
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’. Subsequently 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 4.2km-long man-made waterway through the town to connect these 2 reservoirs, opening up opportunities for waterfront living and water-based activities.
In 2010, Punggol was selected to be developed 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.
Today, Punggol is known for waterfront living, with signature waterfront housing districts being developed. Key waterfront housing projects include Waterway Terraces I and II, and Waterway Ridges along Punggol Waterway, while recreational spaces such as Coney Island, Punggol Promenade, and The Punggol Settlement draw people living within and beyond Punggol.
Eco-friendly housing projects in the town such as Treelodge @ Punggol have also gained recognition for their green housing initiatives.
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 gamut of leisure activities along the waterway and enjoy the scenic views as they walk along the landscaped promenade.