Potong Pasir Remaking

History Of Potong Pasir

The history of Potong Pasir in Singapore dates back to the 1900s or earlier. It is a Malay word meaning cut sand, before it was an agricultural zone in the 1950s, the region used to be a quarry for mining sand. The mining left open grounds that formed bonds. The memory of mines still remains in the Kallang River that goes through Potong Pasir, where the upcoming The Tre Ver is located, click here to read more. In the 1950’s Potong Pasir became an agricultural land. Cantonese farmers and businessmen took over the land and began agricultural with their major interest in vegetable farming.


Housing Developed in Potong Pasir

Rapid change took place for the past five decades, with the building of a bridge across the ponds in the 1950s, a venue for education introduced in the form of a village community centre in 1952, piped water and electricity in the 1960s, and by the 1970s, most of the villagers had already started to move out as the land was acquired by the government for massive redevelopment. Approaching 1980s, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) began to put up the first ever flats here. The first set of flats came to completion in 1982. As a low lying area, Potong survived floods from late 1960s to 1970s sending the residents to find refuge on higher grounds usually turning to nearby St Andrew’s School, which was on Woodsville Hill for their safety.



Potong Pasir (and Braddell Road) during the big flood of 1978 (PUB photo)

Pretty new waterfront for Potong Pasir

Starting from 2015, residents of Potong Pasir have a new and improved waterfront near their homes, with viewing decks and a plaza for community events. The 400m stretch of waterway along the Kallang River was officially opened on 12 Jul 2015 by Member of Parliament for Potong Pasir Sitoh Yih Pin. The Rain gardens and vegetated swales cleans the rainwater run-off, in addition, the decks with timber seats offer a view of the waterway, while the open plaza accommodates around 750 people for community events and outdoor lessons.

Under  the national water agency PUB’s Active, Beautiful,  Clean Waters (ABC Waters) programme, Potong Pasir waterfront has been in the rejuvenation plan. Under the ABC Waters Programme, the vision is to revitalise pockets of blue spaces along Kallang River, which is the longest river in Singapore. This serves a large catchment area which includes estates like Toa Payoh, Bishan and Potong Pasir.


A 400m stretch of waterway along the Kallang River runs past Potong Pasir was improved with the addition of viewing decks.

(source: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/pretty-new-waterfront-for-potong-pasir)

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