Public drinking ban? It'll save our homes

Public drinking ban? It'll save our homes
PUBLIC DRINKING: Drunks like this man are a common sight at Clarke Quay.

The ban on alcohol consumption in public in Little India is in place - at least for the next six months.

Residents in the Robertson Quay area are now wondering if a similar ban could solve the problem of public drinking, and drunk and rowdy revellers spilling over from the nearby Clarke Quay entertainment district.

A resident of Rivergate condominium said noise, littering, vomiting and fighting were common since her family moved in about three years ago.

The upmarket condominium is a five-minute walk from the Zouk nightclub.

FEAR OF FIGHTS

The Japanese housewife in her 40s, who wanted to be known only as Madam Yumi, said: "The situation has improved slightly in the last year but some people who live here still avoid the area at night for fear of fights."

Groups of clubbers often hang out at Robertson Bridge and Jiak Kim Bridge near Zouk and drink their store bought alcohol before entering the club.

Madam Yumi was among 10 residents who told The New Paper on Tuesday that they supported a ban on public consumption of alcohol in their area.

One of them, who lives in a condominium at nearby Rodyk Street, said: "If public drinking is banned in this area, that would solve the problem (of rowdy behaviour) permanently."

In September 2011, Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC Indranee Rajah called for alcohol to be banned around Robertson Quay after residents complained about littering, noise and drunks.


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