We refer to Mr Krishnamani Kannan’s letter “Ensure walkways are clear for pedestrians to walk safely” (ST Online, 6 July 2015).
Mr Kannan expressed his concern that pedestrians were not able to walk safely along the public walkways in Little India, particularly along Buffalo Road and Serangoon Road, as shops have been placing their merchandise along the walkways.
Under the Street Works Act, shop owners should not place their merchandise along the public walkway in a manner that causes obstruction and inconvenience to pedestrians. LTA will take enforcement action against such obstructions. In addition, LTA and the Urban Redevelopment Authority regularly review the need to widen pedestrian walkways in Little India, and have done so, for example, along Kerbau Road.
The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has also worked with the relevant government agencies to implement some initiatives in Little India to address pedestrian safety in the area:
a) Closing Lembu Rd, a stretch of Dunlop St, a stretch of Kerbau Rd and Chander Rd on Sundays to vehicular traffic to facilitate pedestrian flow;
b) Hiring Auxiliary Police Officers to manage pedestrian crossings along Race Course Road on Sundays; and
c) Conducting regular operations against jay-walking.
We thank Mr Kannan for his feedback.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority
Superintendent Ho Yenn Dar
Assistant Director (Public Communications)
Public Affairs Department
Singapore Police Force