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Brightening up

Geylang Serai


by Nur Farhana

With the completion of street enhancement works along Geylang Road, visitors to the Hari Raya bazaar enjoyed a more pedestrian-friendly experience as they pounded the pavements in pursuit of the latest bargains.

Built at a cost of $1.5 million, street improvement works in the form of widened walkways and better street infrastructure have been implemented. This is part of URA’s plans to transform Geylang Serai into a lively cultural hub. To that end, a 400 metre-long footpath that stretches from the Tanjong Katong Road junction to just before the Geylang Serai Market has been widened from 1.5 to 3 metres. This walkway forms part of a pedestrian mall that will be built along Geylang Road to provide more gathering space for festive bazaars and community events.

Fifty-four smart lamp posts have also been installed along the widened footpath to enhance street infrastructure for festive decorations and celebrations. Equipped with “arms” for hanging banners and hooks for festive lights, these multi-purpose lamp posts eliminate the need for installing support columns for festive lighting. Each smart pole has two permanent power points — one at the top to power festive lighting and one at the bottom to supply electricity to temporary bazaar stalls nearby.

As an added touch, the lamp posts — located on both sides of the road — are decorated with “serai” or lemongrass inspired motifs, a nod to its namesake and the historical significance of Geylang Serai as one of the oldest Malay settlements in Singapore.

Geylang Serai is part of Paya Lebar Central, a precinct which has been earmarked in the Master Plan 2008 to be developed into a commercial centre with a distinct cultural identity.

 

Skyline is a bi-monthly publication by the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

The widened walkway and smart poles are part of URA’s vision to liven up Geylang Serai