Market & hawker centre at Mei Chin Road to close for upgrading

The market and hawker centre at Block 159 Mei Chin Road will be closed for upgrading from May to the second quarter of 2009.

This makeover comes under the National Environment Agency’s (NEA) Hawker Centres Upgrading Programme (HUP).

The S$4 million upgrading programme will make the two-storey market and hawker centre more accessible for the elderly and handicapped.

The centre will feature improved facilities like lifts and ramps. Its layout will also be reconfigured so that seating capacity can be increased.

New mechanical exhaust systems will be added to improve the centre’s overall ventilation.

Most stallholders have chosen to take a break during this upgrading period, with less than 10 percent of them operating at stalls provided at other hawker centres.

The NEA manages 112 markets and food centres, out of which 62 have been upgraded.

Two centres at the Geylang Serai Market and Block 335 Smith Street are currently being upgraded. – CNA/so

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 11 Apr 2008

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