Jakarta

Jakarta's Hayam Wuruk,
Gajah Mada to follow Orchard
Road model

Jakarta administration says it will soon introduce new restrictions to prevent vehicles from parking on Jl. Hayam Wuruk and Jl. Gajah Mada in Central Jakarta, with an end goal to develop the area along the lines of Singapore's Orchard Road.

The plan was revealed on Tuesday by Jakarta Transportation Agency chief Udar Pristono, who said removing parked vehicles from these roads would also help remove vendors and beggars from those areas.

“There has been not only one line of parked vehicles there, but up to two or three lines. You can try to calculate the losses, compared to when vehicles can pass freely along these roads when we no longer allow parking there,” Udar said, as quoted by tribunnews.com.

Up to 1,800 vehicles can pass through the area every hour if the roads were cleared of parked vehicles.

When the new policy is enacted vehicles will have to park in parking stations in surrounding buildings, which could  accommodate up to 2,717 vehicles, including motorcycles, he said.

As for turning the area into an “Orchard Road look-alike”, Udar said his office would coordinate with the Jakarta Parks Agency to make the roads more pedestrian-friendly, including by planting shady trees.

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