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New rules for visiting Chek Jawa
Lau Fook Kong, the Straits Times, 27 Dec 01

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Those who want to visit Chek Jawa during weekends will have to make bookings for their visit. To stem the hordes of curious people who have been flocking to see the site which won conservation status recently, the National Parks Board (NParks) announced measures to control visitor numbers yesterday.

Besides the booking system, visitors to the beach will now have to follow guides on designated routes. NParks also advised visitors to wear proper footwear, such as sandals and rubber boots. They should not litter, touch or collect plant or animal specimens.

From this weekend, visitors must report to the NParks' information desk, opposite the Pulau Ubin Community Centre. Cyclists will be given information on the route to take, while taxi trips to Chek Jawa will be made at regular intervals from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm. NParks said it is setting these rules and guidelines to protect the site.

Since media reports on its conservation appeared, NParks said at least 600 visitors have been to the natural beach located on the eastern tip of Pulau Ubin whenever the tide is low, which is about once every two weeks. Nature lovers went to see rare marine creatures, while others wanted to see why the Government decided to defer an earlier decision to reclaim the place.

To make bookings, call 542-4108. Dates for visits over the next few months will be announced at
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