A SECOND batch of Housing Board blocks in opposition-held Potong Pasir and Hougang have been identified for lift upgrading, with the announcements coming within a week of each other.

The People's Action Party (PAP) adviser to grassroot organisations in Potong Pasir, Mr Sitoh Yih Pin, said three precincts in Potong Pasir Avenue 1 and Avenue 3 - comprising a total of 22 blocks - will be offered the lift upgrading programme (LUP).

'This is a mature estate and residents welcome news of the three additional precincts,' he told The Straits Times yesterday after a community event in Potong Pasir Avenue 1.

He said earlier that the LUP was 'a good thing for residents, especially the elderly ones'.

In July last year, the National Development Ministry announced that 65 precincts, including in the two opposition wards, would be selected for LUP.

Three months later, Mr Sitoh said that nine blocks had been picked.

The event he attended on Sunday was a gathering of residents from that first batch of flats to discuss questions about the design and costs involved.

LUPs for more blocks