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Chinatown Food Street reopening delayed

Overhaul works held up by crowds shopping for festive goods: Operator

Published on Jan 28, 2014 7:57 AM
Construction work going on yesterday in Chinatown Food Street. It was scheduled to reopen by the middle of this month after a $4 million overhaul. But construction work has been delayed due to the growing crowd shopping for Chinese New Year goods. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Chinatown Food Street, known for serving up local roadside fare in the tourist spot, may not open in time for Chinese New Year.

This is because of a delay in the completion of its building works, said its operator Select Group which has, as a result, been unable to apply for a temporary occupation permit (TOP).

The permit, which is issued by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) after an inspection, is needed before any premises can be occupied for business.

The $4 million overhaul of the 100m stretch of Smith Street began last May. It was scheduled to reopen by the middle of this month. The overhaul was to include the installation of a high-ceiling glass canopy shelter and a built-in cooling system.

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