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Graves to be Cleared?

Proposed Road Line

The construction corridor is about 130 metres wide for a proposed road that will be about 40 metres in width.

Which graves will be affected are still unknown, but the list is expected to be finalized in February 2012.

This map (from OpenStreetMap.org) shows the new road which is expected to be completed next year.

4-lane Highway thru Bt Brown

This is the current URL to the map shown above.

http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=1.33825&lon=103.82575&zoom=16&layers=M

From looking at the map, I do not understand what’s in the mind of the road planners! If the intention is to widen or increase the capacity of Lornie Rd and Adam Rd, then why not just simply widen the roads by adding more lanes to these existing roads? Did these fools see the “vacant” land in Bt Brown and then decide that it would be a good idea to just put a road across it?

Those graves that are expected to be cleared for the road construction are already marked with numbered wooden stakes; examples shown in this photo.

Staked for removal

The new road will go past these houses at the entrance of the Bt Brown cemetery in future.

Staked for removal also.

Check this website for details of the proposed road construction at Bt Brown :-

http://api.sg/main/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=70%3Aancestors-immigrants-buried-in-bukit-brown-cemetery&id=182%3Anew-alignment-for-road-cutting-through-bukit-brown&Itemid=113

The following three photos show some of the graves that will be removed, and that are next to the grave of great-grand father CHT,

grave staked for removal (arrowed) near to CHT's grave; the grave marked A is not affected

grave staked for removal near to the round-about and to CHT's grave

graves staked for removal, across the road from CHT's grave

These are the graves that will be removed, and are next to the grave of  grand-father CKT

graves to be removed, near to CKT's grave

These are the graves that will be removed (about 50m away in the distance), which are next to the grave of  grand-aunt CST. The grave marked A is next to CST’s grave, and also remains unaffected by the proposed road.

Wooden stakes about 50m away from the grave of CST (Mrs Cheong Koon Seng).

Diary of Events – Road Construction and Clearing of Graves

24th Feb: The site office for the road construction is just coming up in the Bt Brown car park.  The grave of grand-pa Chia Keng Tye is about 50 metres behind the fencing shown in this picture.

Site Office coming up 24th Feb

1st Mar: The site office is recently completed. Looks like the road construction is going to start soon.

Site Office is ready!

20th Mar: The alignment of the proposed road thru Bt Brown has been finalized by LTA.

Finalized road alignment

In addition, the list of graves to be exhumed has also been published.

Exhumation map

22nd Mar: The Registration for Exhumation is open from today onwards, in a tent at the car park and next to the big tree.

Registration for Exhumation is open

Tent for registration located in the car park

29th Mar: Qing Ming or Cheng Beng is now in progress at Bt Brown and in all Chinese graves throughout Asia.

For some of the families at Bt Brown, it could be the last time that they will have the opportunity to perform this ritual at their ancestor’s grave.

22nd April:  So far, the graves of Chia family members or their spouses that are discovered to be marked for exhumation are as follows :-

#2612 E. Tian Choon located in Blk4, Div C

#1863 Tay Beng Neo located in Blk2, Div D

#1078 Chia Siew Lay (buried with husband Ong Siow Sian) located in Blk5, Div B

 

The LTA stake or peg numbers for the graves are referenced to the map shown below.

4 Comments
  1. We checked the Bt Brown site today, for those sections/graves marked with wooden posts to see which graves will be affected by the proposed road.

    Good news!! Looks like the graves of Chia Keng Tye and Chia Hood Theam are safe from the road for now. They just missed the road by not too much (perhaps by as little as 5-10 metres). I’ll post some pictures the next time to show how close a shave it was.

  2. cc chia permalink

    I have marked the locations of the graves of Chia Hood Theam (CHT), Chia Keng Tye (CKT) and CST (Chia Siew Tin) on the recently released exhumation map.

  3. cc chia permalink

    So far, the only Chia relatives discovered on the exhumation list are :-
    (1) grave #2612 belonging to E. Tean Choon, husband of Chia Buay Neo (daughter of Chia Keng Chin), (2) grave #1863 belonging to Tay Beng Neo, wife of Chia Leong Kiat and mother of Chia Hood Lye, and (3) grave #1078 belonging to Ong Siow Sian and Chia Siew Lay (daughter of Chia Hood Theam).

  4. cc chia permalink

    Raymond Goh has discovered on the exhumation list, grave #1863 belonging to Tay Beng Neo, wife of Chia Leong Kiat and mother of Chia Hood Lye. This grave is located in Blk 2 Div D, close to where Chia Siew Tin’s (Mdm Cheong Koon Seng) grave is located.

    Also discovered on the exhumation list today, is grave #1078 belonging to Ong Siow Sian and Chia Siew Lay. Siew Lay was Chia Hood Theam’s daughter, and the elder sister of grand-pa Chia Keng Tye, and the step sister of Chia Siew Tin. This grave is located in Blk 5, just across the road from Chia Hood Theam’s grave in Blk 1.

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