The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has given illegal land famers at Clementi some lead time to work out an arrangement with grassroots organisations (GROs).
They will be given three months from Tuesday, March 20, 2012, to iron out an agreement that will be acceptable to SLA and the GROs.
Previously, Holland-Bukit Timah Member of Parliament Ms Sim Ann had made representations on behalf of those who came forward to SLA for more time to resolve the matter.
SLA had received feedback from residents of Clementi Ave 4 on the frequent burning of leaves and branches on the state land near Block 305 Clementi Avenue 4.
They complained that the air quality of residents was affected and the burning also posed a potential fire hazard.
This state land was part of the land formerly occupied by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) which has been given back to the state.
The Straits Times reported that the 1,800 sqm plot has been used by local residents to grow fruit and vegetables for three decades.
Upon investigations, SLA found that some individuals had encroached on state land for their private purposes.
This includes fencing up parcels of land for their exclusive use, and also illegally erecting makeshift sheds and an outdoor toilet.
SLA had placed notices advising that the unauthorised activities cease and the structures be removed by March 20, 2012.
So far, 13 individuals have come forward to claim responsibility for their activities.
SLA also said, in a statement, that it will give those who have not come forward a final deadline until April 3, 2012, to contact SLA.
If they do not, SLA will proceed to dismantle and remove the enclosed areas and illegal structures.