Ensure walkways are clear for pedestrians to walk safely

I have noticed that the merchandise of shops in Little India take up 80 per cent of the walkway, especially along Buffalo Road and Serangoon Road, leaving no room for pedestrians to walk safely ("Tourist hit by double-decker bus outside temple in Little India"; ST Online, June 23).

The Government has spent huge amounts of money to widen the walkways along Buffalo Road and Serangoon Road, to accommodate the increased pedestrian volumes. The money spent was to benefit pedestrians, not to provide shops more space to display their merchandise.

With the walkways narrowed by merchandise, people are not able to walk freely, especially families with children in prams.

Could the authorities act to ensure pedestrians can walk safely in Little India?

Krishnamani Kannan