but says SMRT's Bishan maintenance team 'has failed us'
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SINGAPORE – In his first comments on the unprecedented flooding-induced train outage on Oct 7, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan apologised to commuters but pinned the blame squarely on operator SMRT’s maintenance regime.
“The bottomline is that MRT tunnels should not be flooded,” he said at a media briefing on Monday (Oct 16).
Noting that the holding tank reservoir under the train tracks has a 5,000 cubic metres capacity, dwarfing the 640 cubic metres of rainfall near Bishan that day, Mr Khaw added: “The SMRT team in charge of maintaining flooding system at Bishan has failed us.”