The Singapore River was a bustling hub of commerce, with a flotilla of tongkangs (wooden bumboats) bringing in goods from larger boats and ships out in the harbour. Coolies would toil hard to load and unload the tongkangs. By the 1970s though, the river had turned into a cesspool and there was no surviving marine life to speak off. The late PM Mr Lee Kuan Yew had proposed the damming off of the mouth of river at the Marina Channel to create a freshwater reservoir. While that project then did not materialize, clean up operations were initiated and good loading by polluting tongkangs became a thing of the past. The only tongkangs seen today are electric and for ferrying tourists.
Seen here is the Helix Bridge leading to the Marina Bay Sands hotel blocks. The green seats are part of a floating viewing platform.
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