We thank Mr Krishnamani Kannan for his feedback ("Ensure walkways are clear for pedestrians to walk safely"; Forum Online; July 6).
Mr Kannan expressed his concern that pedestrians were not able to walk safely along the public walkways in Little India, particularly along Buffalo Road and Serangoon Road, as shops have been placing their merchandise along the walkways.
Under the Street Works Act, shop owners should not place their merchandise along the public walkway in a manner that causes obstruction and inconvenience to pedestrians.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will take enforcement action against such obstructions. In addition, LTA and the Urban Redevelopment Authority regularly review the need to widen pedestrian walkways in Little India, and have done so, for example, along Kerbau Road.
The Singapore Police Force has also worked with government agencies to implement some initiatives in Little India to address pedestrian safety in the area:
a) Closing Lembu Road, a stretch of Dunlop Street, a stretch of Kerbau Road and Chander Road on Sundays to vehicular traffic to facilitate pedestrian flow;
b) Hiring auxiliary police officers to manage pedestrian crossings along Race Course Road on Sundays; and
c) Conducting regular operations against jay-walking.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority
Ho Yenn Dar (Superintendent)
Assistant Director (Public Communications)
Public Affairs Department
Singapore Police Force