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Out with the old 'bajaj,' in with the new

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 8 2008   /  11:03 am

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW Two officers arranged parts of old two-stroke bajaj (three-wheeled pedicab) at a vacant lot in Pulo Gebang, East Jakarta on Wednesday. In the background, hundreds of other bajaj were piled high, awaiting a similar fate. The city administration would later press the bajaj parts using a steamroller. The measure was made as part of the city administration's bid to replace the old two-stroke engine bajaj with its newer CNG-fueled successor. The city planned to demolish as many as 250 bajaj starting Wednesday. "I believe this conversion can benefit bajaj owners and drivers. This will also have environmental benefits because we hope to reduce the amount of pollution these vehicles cause," Governor Fauzi Bowo said Wednesday while witnessing the demolition. The phase-out program could serve at least three purposes,...