SINGAPORE: A quarter of Housing and Development Board (HDB) shops recently inspected were found to have infringed the guidelines for Outdoor Display Areas (ODA).
The HDB said following islandwide checks on 962 shops in October and November 2013, 203 shops were issued verbal advice and 27 were given written warnings. Five shopkeepers were slapped with summonses.
National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said while most shopkeepers would promptly take corrective action when reminded, summonses had to be issued to a handful of shopkeepers for serious cases.
Designated spaces for ODA along public pathways are marked by yellow boxes and that is where shopkeepers can display their goods.
Mr Khaw wrote on his blog that some shopkeepers have gone overboard in the run-up to the Chinese New Year by indiscriminately stacking and displaying goods that spill over the spaces designated for outdoor displays.
He noted that this can greatly inconvenience shoppers and hinder the traffic flow, and can compromise the fire safety of residents.
Mr Khaw also thanked shopkeepers for their cooperation in ensuring a clutter-free and safe shopping environment for residents, especially with Chinese New Year approaching. - CNA/fa
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