No change to Geylang’s zoning use so residential nature of areas to remain

The red-light area of Geylang is ‘ring-fenced’ through vigilant enforcement to control vice activities.

National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan said the Police has and will continue to undertake regular enforcement action in both the odd and even streets (Lorongs) of Geylang.

Mr Mah was responding to questions by Marine Parade GRC MP Fatimah Lateef on strategies to ‘ring-fence’ Lorongs 22 to 44, which are mainly residential areas.

He added that the Anti-Vice Branch conducts frequent checks at the red-light areas and regular enforcement against vice.

The Police also impose stringent licensing conditions for entertainment outlets and massage establishments in the area.

Mr Mah said the majority of sites in the area between Lorong 22 and Lorong 44 are zoned residential.

So change of use to non-residential uses, such as for public entertainment would not be supported in principle.

The Minister noted that a multi-agency effort has been set up to improve conditions in the Geylang area.

The aim is to make crime and vice more difficult.

So street lighting has been improved and CCTV installed.

Enhancing the sense of security among residents by reducing the number of streetwalkers venturing into the residential areas is another key objective of the effort. -CNA/vm

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 18 Feb 2008

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