SINGAPORE - It will be easier to get into and around Geylang Serai, with plans to link up the area with a bridge and possibly covered or underground walkways.
Besides a link bridge that will connect Geylang Serai Market with the new Wisma Geylang Serai civic centre, there are plans to connect the neighbourhood with Paya Lebar MRT station.
The improved connectivity will allow more people to go to Geylang Serai, which, in turn, will liven up the area and boost businesses, said Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin yesterday at a community lunch to celebrate Geylang Serai Market's 50th anniversary.
There are no sheltered paths between the Paya Lebar MRT station and the market, which is a 10-minute walk away.
The plans to better link up the Geylang Serai area are part of redevelopment plans to spruce up the neighbourhood. The new five-storey Wisma Geylang Serai, which will replace the former Malay Village, will have a community club and the Malay Heritage Gallery.
To be completed in 2017, it will host new facilities and activities to bring the community together.
"What we want to do is... facilitate the flow of people from one end of the Paya Lebar area to Geylang Serai," said Mr Tan.