Take a look at this photo. Do you know where it was taken? The next time you travel along Sixth Avenue, from Holland Road towards Bukit Timah, look out for this place. It is near a bus stop before you reach the junction with Jalan Haji Alias and Laurel Woods Avenue.
|(Former) Junction at Sixth Avenue|
Former junction with Holland Road
And the name of this ‘lost’ road? Lorong Panchar.
|A section of Lorong Panchar (From 1981 Street Directory).Click on image to see an enlarged view.|
Lorong Panchar probably did not exist for long because I could not find it in my 1963 street directory. In fact, at that time (1963), Sixth Avenue was only a tiny side road that branched off Bukit Timah Road and did not join to Holland Road. And in my 1993 street directory, only a tiny section of Lorong Panchar was left. Hence I conclude that Lorong Panchar only existed for about twenty years or so. Unfortunately, even though I have been living in the Sixth Avenue area since 1986, I don’t have any recollection of this road.
|From 1963 Street Directory. Lor Panchar not shown.|
|From 1993 Street Directory. Only a tiny section left.|
A couple of year ago, my neighbour and I tried to bash through the forest that had covered Lorong Panchar, starting from the Sixth Avenue junction. He told me he had seen some durian trees there and also the remains of a huge tomb. Unfortunately the vegetation was too thick and we never found anything interesting save the shed skin of what must have been a pretty large snake. We finally emerged from the forest at a point near the canal next to Holland Plain.
PS - Read about two other lost roads that I have blogged about in the past: