Delman allowed to operate outside Monas
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta administration has allowed delman (horse-drawn buggies) to operate outside of the National Monument (Monas) compound in Central Jakarta, on a trial basis.
In the last two weeks, the delman have been allowed to operate outside of Monas on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.
The delman coachmen said they were happy to operate again. Previously, former governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama banned delman from Monas area, fearing the ill effects of the environment on the horses health.
A coachman, Andi, 21, said he had received an official letter saying delman are permitted to operate in the designated areas outside the fences of Monas.
Andi added that he wished the administration had provided a parking space for the buggies and a waiting area for visitors who want to ride the delman.
As for now, the coachmen park their delman at the side of the road.
Subur, 42, a coachman, said although they had received the permit to operate outside Monas fence, they often had problems with Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers.
Subur said although the delmen had an official letter of permission to operate, there had not been any official order from Governor Anies Baswedan. The uncertain situation left them worried about being removed from the area.
Jakarta’s head of Tourism and Culture Agency, Tinia Budiati, said the delman are only allowed to operate outside the fence of Monas, while her agency is working with the Environmental Agency and Marine, Farming and Food Resilience Agency in monitoring the horses' health.
“We are testing their waste to see the effect Monas' environment has on them,” she said.
“Meanwhile, we are now also arranging regulations for the delman operating around Monas,” she added. (gis)
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