- POSTED: 27 Sep 2013 21:51
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Shopowners and tenants at Little India have noticed huge cracks in pillars along Owen Road where they live and work.
SINGAPORE: Shopowners and tenants at Little India have noticed huge cracks in pillars along Owen Road where they live and work.
They are worried the structures of these shophouses are unsafe and pose danger to themselves and the public.
Yew Chong, a viewer who posted a photo of a cracked pillar on Facebook, said: "After I had my lunch, I passed by and saw a pillar tilted to one side. The head of the pillar was broken and the shift is 8cm wide. And I saw other pillars are like that too."
According to the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), officers were sent down to investigate the cracks.
They issued orders to the shopowners to engage a professional engineer to carry out a detailed investigation and recommend further rectification works if any, by September 30.
Based on observations from our reporter, pillars at shophouse units 138 to 150 appear to be cracked.
Shophouse owners suspect it might be due to road expansion work that was done four months ago, or MRT construction in the area.
When heavy vehicles pass by Owen Road, passers-by feel the ground trembling.
Tenants are worried that their business may be affected if the authority does not take action soon.
But the BCA says the structure is currently safe and secure and does not pose any danger to the public.