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Three hawker centres to close for upgrading for a year

Published on Feb 27, 2013 6:05 PM
The lunchtime crowd at the popular Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre, which thrives on residents, tourists and office workers. It will close from March 2013 for renovation works and upgrading. The refurbished centre is estimated to be ready in the first quarter of 2014. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Three decades-old hawker centres will temporarily close from this Friday for upgrading works costing close to $15 million.

The centres, located at Block 6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, Block 44 Holland Drive and Block 112 Jalan Bukit Merah, will reopen within a year with more seating, new ventilation systems, wider passageways and upgraded toilets.

The new centres will also be fitted out for patrons to return trays on their own, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a statement on Wednesday. Nine hawker centres currently take part in the tray-return drive, launched last November, to encourage patrons to clear up after they eat.

The Bukit Merah centre will reopen for business by December this year, while the Holland Drive and Tanjong Pagar centres will do so in January and March next year respectively.

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