30 footbridges in Jakarta in poor condition: Pedestrian Coalition

News Desk

The Jakarta Post


Jakarta   /  Fri, September 7, 2018  /  12:42 pm

A pedestrian bridge on Jl. Daan Mogot in West Jakarta was hit by a truck on Sept. 2. (Warta Kota/Panji Baskhara Ramadhan)

Pedestrian Coalition has suggested that Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan demolish and rebuild 30 footbridges in the city, including one that was damaged on Jl. Daan Mogot, West Jakarta, after being hit by a truck on Sunday.

“We recommend that the city administration tear down and rebuild these 30 footbridges for safety reasons,” Pedestrian Coalition head Alfred Sitorus said on Thursday as quoted by tempo.co.

The recommendation was based on reports from pedestrians retrieved by the coalition on its online application. Besides the one on Jl. Daan Mogot, Alfred also said the footbridges on Jl. Gatot Subroto and Jl. TB Simatupang in South Jakarta and in Kampung Bandan in North Jakarta were in need of repair.

“The bridges are unsafe for pedestrians. Based on the reports, for example, many pedestrians said they got electrocuted while touching the bridges’ railings,” he added.

In addition to the 30 footbridges, the coalition also called on the city to inspect more than 300 footbridges throughout the city.

“The city should check the condition of the bridges at least once every three or six months to determine whether they’re still safe or need to be renovated or demolished,” he said.

Alfred said the coalition would also inspect the bridges and make recommendations to the city administration. (vla)