The Jakarta Post
Jakarta will build 80 kilometers of sidewalks this year, the Bina Marga road agency has stated.
The agency’s planning division head, Riri Asnita, said on Tuesday that 24 kilometers of sidewalks will be built by the agency, while the remaining 56 kilometers will be developed by Bina Marga sub-agencies in the city’s five municipalities.
Sidewalks will be developed in areas near the Istiqlal Grand Mosque and Jl. Veteran in Central Jakarta; Jl. Mahakam, Jl. Barito and Jl. Kyai Maja in South Jakarta; Jl. Jatinegara Barat and Jl. Jatinegara Timur in East Jakarta; Old Town and Sunter in North Jakarta; and Jl. Kyai Tapa in West Jakarta.
From the 2017 city budget, Rp 412 billion (US$30.9 million) has been allocated toward the construction and development of the sidewalks.
Thirty-five percent of the project has been completed and the target is to finish it in December, Riri said.
“We have built facilities for pedestrians since 2015. The aim is to change transportation patterns from private vehicles to public transportation,” she said as quoted by kompas.com.
As proper sidewalks should accessed by people looking to take public transportation, they should made as comfortable as possible so that people are willing to walk on them, Riri added.
Jakarta has some 400 kilometers of sidewalks at present. (wnd)