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The shelter could accommodate between 200 and 300 people.
During the war, bombs were dropped and hit the roof but the shelter was not damaged beyond repair. In fact, repair works were carried out to the shelter soon after it was hit by bombs.
Today, these air raid shelters have been decommissioned. The only shred of usefulness the Tanjong Pagar Town Council could think of was to use them to store their spare rubbish bins.
What a tragedy!
Whoever is sitting at the Tanjong Pagar Town Council or the Bukit Merah Branch Office, here’s a question for you think of during your spare time.
Why not open these air raid shelters to the public? Or turn these air raid shelters into a Tiong Bahru museum to showcase the history of this wonderful housing estate?
Why should this piece of history be allowed to fade into oblivion?
Maybe it is just plain laziness that no one bothers to explore the options. Sigh.
FUN FACTS :
Did you know that these air vents could only be found along Block 78 Guan Chuan Street within the entire Tiong Bahru Estate?
Below is a simple illustration to show the difference.