By Kirat Kaur
SINGAPORE: A substantial section of the false ceiling on the seventh floor of Singapore’s Sikh Centre has collapsed, damaging the auditorium beneath it.
The incident occurred on the night of Wednesday (4 Feb 2015). No injuries were reported as there was no one in the auditorium at that time.
Asia Samachar understands that there was water leakage above which caused the false ceiling to collapse.
Many of the retractable chairs in the auditorium have been affected, and the damage is currently being assessed by the authorities.
After the incident, there were some ceiling debris on some of the chairs, and a lot of them have become wet.
Management intends to check if the rest of the roof and ceiling structure is safe before fixing the false ceiling.
The Sikh Centre was established in 2000, and the 160-seat auditorium officially opened one or two years later.
The auditorium has hosted a wide range of talks, seminars, dramas and movies that are relevant to the Sikh community. It is the only purpose-built space of that kind that caters to the needs of the Sikh community in Singapore.
Asia Samachar understands that the cost of the damage may be covered by insurance, and that it is highly unlikely the community will have to bear any additional costs.
The auditorium is expected to be fully operational again at some time in the near future. – ASIA SAMACHAR (7 Feb 2015)
[ASIA SAMACHAR is an online newspaper for Sikhs in Southeast Asia and surrounding countries. Go to www.asiasamachar.com]