'No more pushing'

'No more pushing'
Little India was bustling with foreign workers yesterday.

After enjoying his day off, he wove through crowds at Little India and made a beeline to the bus boarding area at Tekka Lane.

Mr Hari, a 39-year-old shipyard worker, wiped the sweat from his brow as he joined a queue for a bus that would take him back to his dormitory at Jalan Papan in Jurong.

The orderly queues yesterday near Race Course Road were a far cry from what it was like before the riot that broke out last year on Dec 8.

Speaking to The New Paper, the Indian national, who has worked in Singapore for eight years, said that back then, he had to jostle with the other South Asian workers to get on the bus.

Beaming, he added: "It's much better now. No more pushing."

Buses from the Singapore School Transport Association (STTA) stop at the Tekka Lane waiting area, which is about the size of half a football field and brightly lit when night falls.

The area is fenced off and workers can enter only from designated spots.

The buses that stop there ply about 10 different routes, covering places such as Kranji, Tuas and Seletar West.

About 10 STTA employees were on duty there, all working together to ensure that the operations run smoothly.

Many foreign workers were seen approaching them to find out which queues to join. They were then politely guided towards the right ones.

The STTA employees and the foreign workers appeared to be on good terms. Greetings were exchanged and they were seen chatting with one other.

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