Tanjong Rhu Road
Tanjong Rhu Road was named after the Casuarina trees that grew along the coast of Kallang and Rochore. Casuarina trees are known as pokok rhu in Malay, Rhu being the Malay name for the Casuarina littoria variety of the tree. The whole of Tanjong Rhu was designated to be a marine yard by Raffles in 1822. In the 1980s, the yards had to be relocated to Jurong in line with the government’s attempt to cleanse the waterways. A total of seven phases of the East Coast Reclamation project was completed between 1966 and 1985. The Benjamin Sheares Bridge was built in 1981.
Waterfront Home enclave
In 1991, the government announced its plan of converting Tanjong Rhu into a 34 ha residential enclave with recreational facilities. Today, Tanjong Rhu presents itself as an exclusive private residential area boasting the island’s most prestigious waterfront condominiums including
– The Waterside
– Costa Rhu
– Casuarina Cove
– Tanjong Ria Condo
– Water Place
– Sanctuary Green
– Pebble Bay
Restaurants, recreational facilities and shops have sprung up by the beach as well. A place of historical interest along the road is the Singapore Swimming Club, established in 1893. Opposite the club is the Dunman High School, established in 1956. It moved here from Dunman Road in 1995.
Just across the bridge is the upcoming Sports Hub (former National Stadium), Indoor Stadium and revamped Leisure Park. With amenities like Cold Storage Supermarket, Movie Theatres and venues for Superstars, it is a centre for sports, entertainment and convenience for local residents and all Singaporeans.
The Kallang-Paya Lebar expressway (KPE), a S$1.8 billion expressway, is already being used by commuters to cross under the East Coast Parkway, Tanjong Rhu Road, Geylang River and Pan Island Expressway and join the Tampines Expressway above the ground. Geylang River will be diverted in two stages with dams being built on either side of a bridge.
Gardens by the Bay which is currently under construction, will capture the essence of Singapore as the premier tropical Garden City with the perfect environment in which to live, work and help make Singapore a leading global city of the 21st century. The Gardens will put in place a pervasive garden ambience and quality living environment from which Singapore’s downtown will rise, and steer Singapore to the forefront of the world’s leading global cities. It will complement and complete the necklace of attractions that have been planned for around Marina Bay.