The four brightly coloured housing blocks will Parc Riviera likely be demolished to make way for a new expressway.

A public housing estate in the Bugis area dating back to the 1970s, Rochor Centre, will likely be demolished by the conclusion of the year to make way for the brand new North-South Expressway, reported The Straits Times.

Constructed in 1977, it consists of four bright coloured HDB blocks that initially housed 567 homes and 183 stores. But due to the forthcoming redevelopment, 106 shops have closed while 36 households have relocated as of January 2016.

Nevertheless, many long-time residents are saddened about being forced to move out of Rochor Centre.

“It reminds me of the kampong that I grew up in when I had been little.”

Moving to another dwelling is distressing as they have developed excellent relationships with their neighbours, added Devan, who is affectionately called ‘orh hia’ (black brother) by neighbours and shopkeepers in the estate.

In accordance with Member of Parliament for Jalan Besar GRC, Denise Phua, which contains Bugis, life will not be the same for the residents, but they can look forward to more greenery and a tranquil environment compared to that in chaotic Rochor.

Of this, 15 percent opted to relocate to units close to former neighbours in Rochor Centre or their relatives.

Rochor Centre is just one of three historic public housing estates that will shortly be torn down for redevelopment. The others are Dakota Crescent and four low rise HDB blocks in Siglap, that were assembled in 1964 and 1958 , respectively.