Safe management measures for Little India ahead of Deepavali festivities, Community News & Top Stories
SINGAPORE – Crowd control measures will be put in place in Little India ahead of Deepavali to prevent overcrowding, authorities said on Monday (October 18th).
The popular crosswalk at the junction of Campbell Lane and Serangoon Road will be closed between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. October 29-31, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said.
It will also be off from 6 p.m. the day before (November 3) from Deepavali to 2 a.m. the next day.
This is because more visitors are expected in Little India as the Festival of Lights approaches.
“Human traffic will be redirected to two more level crossings at Sungei Road and Dunlop Street,” he said.
“This will ensure that the crowds are evenly distributed around the compound and will avoid bottlenecks during peak periods.”
STB added that it will work with businesses in Little India to ensure that they do not lay their merchandise on pedestrian walkways as this could narrow the lanes and lead to overcrowding.
Some businesses will also be extending their hours of operation to allow buyers to stagger their visits.
This is the second year that the Great Hindu Festival has been celebrated amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
While the Night Bazaar remains on hold this year, visitors can enjoy food trails, heritage tours, cooking demonstrations, scavenger hunts, and competitions such as a TikTok dance challenge.
Deepavali, which celebrates the triumph of good over evil, falls on November 4 of this year.
Last year, bazaars or festival villages were not allowed, although some stalls were allowed to extend their footprint to the streets in order to accommodate the crowds.
Then, STB had also deployed more law enforcement officers and stand-by-distance ambassadors during peak periods leading up to Deepavali to help with crowd management.
Eight people were each sentenced to composition fines of $ 300 in late October and early November last year for failing to adhere to safe management measures while in Little India.