By Christopher Tan, Senior Correspondent
THE good news is that stages of the new Circle Line that lead to downtown Singapore could open by the second quarter of next year, with the entire 33.3km, 29-station project ready by early-2011.
But the not-so-good news is that the project, which started in 2002, could cost taxpayers close to $10 billion, or 50 per cent more than the original $6.7 billion bill.
Sources close to the underground construction project - long delayed after a tunnelling accident in 2004 - said that Stages 1 and 2 of the line could open by early next year.
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