Two roads in Little India to be closed for Deepavali fair

Birch Road and Burmah Road will be closed on three Sundays and on Deepavali Eve. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

SINGAPORE - Two roads in Little India will be closed on three Sundays and the Tuesday before Deepavali for the Deepavali Fair 2017 event.

Birch Road, which is between Serangoon Road and Farrer Park Station Road, as well as Burmah Road, will be closed from 5pm to 11pm on three Sundays: Oct 1, Oct 8 and Oct 15.

The two roads will also be closed from 5pm on Oct 17, the eve of Deepavali, until 4am on Deepavali.

Deepavali, popularly known as the Festival of Lights, is the most important of all Hindu festivals and is celebrated by Hindus worldwide.

This year's light-up features elephant motifs and at least 1.5 million bulbs festooning Serangoon Road and Race Course Road.

The street light-up ceremony was held on Sept 2, officiated by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

Upcoming events lined up for the festival include a walk across a fire pit on Oct 8, and a Silver Chariot procession from the 185-year-old Sri Mariamman Temple in South Bridge Road to Little India on Oct 9 at 9pm.

During the road closures, only police and emergency vehicles can access the roads.

Auxiliary police officers will be deployed along the affected roads and junctions to help direct motorists.

Parking restrictions along the peripheral roads will be strictly enforced, the police said in their statement, and vehicles found parking and causing obstructions will be towed.

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