South Tangerang to revamp old, abandoned Ciputat market
The Jakarta Post
The South Tangerang administration plans to renovate the old, murky Ciputat traditional market so it becomes a proper and orderly venue for both vendors and buyers, Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany said recently.
The market, owned by the city since it was established as a municipal administration in 2008, looks dirty and abandoned. Many of the kiosks, especially on the second and third floor, have been abandoned. Merchants have opted to occupy the sidewalks and roadway along Jl. Aria Putra next to the market, which has caused traffic congestion in the area.
Kiosk owner Syanti said the market gets fewer and fewer visitors every day.
“I was among the first tenants here. The only people who still visit me frequently are my regular customers,” she said on Saturday as quoted by kompas.com.
A buyer named Mani, meanwhile, said that she has never stepped foot on the second or third floors.
“I’m afraid [to go up to the upper floors]. There is much graffiti on the walls,” she said, adding that as a buyer, she wanted the market to be cleaner and more comfortable.
Mayor Airin said on Friday that her administration would invite investors to participate in carrying out the revitalization project of the Ciputat Market.
“On Nov. 29, we will hold a market sounding to attract investors for the market revitalization project,” she said on Friday.
The administration is to use a government-to-business cooperation (KPBU) scheme for the project, which has an estimated cost of Rp 300 billion (US$20.6 million). (vla)
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