Photo of Upper Thomson Road from Lim Sin Thai from The Straits Times

In an attempt to ease overcrowding in popular neighbourhood like Thomson Village and Simpang Bedok, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) issued a ban of opening of new restaurants and eateries in these areas. A total of 21 areas are on the banlist with notable popular food centres like Balestier Road, Serangoon Gardens and Zion Road. The URA said the ban is a measure to “address the traffic and indiscriminate parking concerns from the residents there due to the existing eating houses in the area”.

You may view the banlist here.

Despite being still far from the government’s population target of 6.9 million, Singapore is already overcrowded with its infrastructures buckling under the current 5.54 million. Trains are seeing increasing frequency of breakdowns because of overloading. Although traffic congestion and overcrowding in public transport have worsened over the years, Singaporeans are “very satisfied” with a 91.8% satisfaction rate according to a government survey conducted by the Land Transport Authority.