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Shelters, fans to make wait for buses in Little India 'more tolerable', says LTA

Published on Mar 17, 2014 3:53 PM
 
Mr Yeo Teck Guan, director of public transport regulation, Land Transport Authority (LTA), leaving the subordinate court on May 17, 2012 after the Committee of Inquiry (COI) hearing into the breakdowns of MRT trains in December 2011. Bus shelters will be built for foreign workers waiting for private buses at Tekka Lane and Hampshire Road so they can wait in greater comfort, Mr Yeo Teck Guan, group director of public transport at the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has told the Committee of Inquiry (COI) into the Dec 8 unrest in Little India. -- ST PHOTO:  WONG KWAI CHOW

Bus shelters will be built for foreign workers waiting for private buses at Tekka Lane and Hampshire Road so they can wait in greater comfort, Mr Yeo Teck Guan, group director of public transport at the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has told the Committee of Inquiry (COI) into the Dec 8 unrest in Little India.

Shelters will be built and the area paved so the workers would not be waiting in muddy conditions if it rains. Fans will also be installed for greater comfort, he said.

Committee chairman G Pannir Selvam had highlighted the importance of bus and transport problems, noting that these have given rise to riots in other countries. It was, therefore, important to ensure there is "no waiting", he told Mr Yeo.

"I take the point we should shorten the waiting time. But in Little India, the foreign workers were waiting very patiently," said Mr Yeo. He said that one of the steps LTA is taking moving forward is to make sure foreign workers have facilities in the vicinity of the bus bay so they can "queue in relative comfort".

 
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