Chinatown to amp up fire safety measures

SINGAPORE - Stalls at the Chinatown Street Market will be affected by upcoming refurbishment works that are aimed at improving fire safety and enhancing the visitor experience.

All stalls within the street market area of Pagoda, Sago, Smith and Trengganu Streets will be involved in the makeover, which will begin on May 15 this year.

But to minimise disruption, the works will take place in phases, especially during the festive periods of Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival. As such, retailers in non-affected areas will continue with business, ensuring that most of the market will remain open during this period.

The refurbishment will see standalone street stalls at the market get better roof insulation, as well as extended shelters and rain curtains to protect them from weather elements.

Rain curtains will also be installed on the units in front of the shophouses, which will also incorporate enhanced fire safety features such as water sprinklers and fire-rated shutters.

During the refurbishment, temporary hoarding around Chinatown Street Market will have directional signs to various attractions and businesses, while fans and lightings will be installed along the pathways of affected shophouses.

The project is targeted to conclude by the end of 2018, and the market will have 140 stalls selling a mix of merchandise.