Little India quieter, more orderly than normal Sundays: Lui Tuck Yew

Men of south Asian descent have lunch at little India arcade on the 2nd day of the alcohol ban, in the area, on Sunday, Dec 15, 2013. A greater police presence, stricter enforcement as well as less alcohol and congestion are some of the measures
Men of south Asian descent have lunch at little India arcade on the 2nd day of the alcohol ban, in the area, on Sunday, Dec 15, 2013. A greater police presence, stricter enforcement as well as less alcohol and congestion are some of the measures needed to make Little India a better place, said Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN

A greater police presence, stricter enforcement as well as less alcohol and congestion are some of the measures needed to make Little India a better place, said Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew.

Mr Lui, who is also MP for Moulmein-Kallang GRC, visited the Little India area with his grassroots leaders Sunday evening. He observed that the area is quieter and more orderly compared to a normal Sunday. Some residents are happy about the situation, while some shopkeepers who do not sell alcohol have seen more Singaporeans patronizing today, he said.

Still, he acknowledged that measures such as an alcohol ban and temporary suspension of private buses need to be evolved "to a more sustainable state". Asked about possible solutions, he said it is probably too early to give prescriptive comments.

Mr Lui also noted that there is a more orderly flow of people crossing the streets along roads such as Buffalo Road where there are barriers. More can to be done in terms of people dashing across the road or jaywalking, he added. Mr Lui also told his grassroots leaders that the lighting in the area can be improved.