Geylang Serai market to be linked to MRT station

 Geylang Serai market to be linked to MRT station

SINGAPORE - A new overhead bridge will link the popular Geylang Serai market to a new civic centre and mall, Wisma Geylang Serai, which would in turn be linked to the Paya Lebar MRT station hub.

The connection will improve "the flow of people from one end of the Paya Lebar area to Geylang Serai and back... which will liven up the area", Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, MP for the area, said yesterday.

The link could be in the form of covered walkways or even an underpass. While details have not been firmed up, the physical links will certainly be there, he said.

Mr Tan, who is Manpower Minister and the anchor minister for Marine Parade GRC, disclosed the plans to improve pedestrian traffic after a visit to the market yesterday.

His comments came one week after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gave the assurance that the upgrading of the Geylang Serai area will be done while retaining its special Malay character. By 2017, the five-storey, 10,000 sq m Wisma Geylang Serai will be built on the site of the now-defunct heritage attraction Malay Village.

Besides shops and cafes, the new mall will house a community club, the South East Community Development Council (CDC) office, a Malay heritage gallery, and arts and culture groups.

The development project is headed by South East District mayor and Minister of State for National Development Mohamad Maliki Osman.

A construction tender is expected later this year.

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