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Sidewalk violators to face cuts in healthcare, education facilities

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 18, 2017   /   05:35 pm
Sidewalk violators to face cuts in healthcare, education facilities Pedestrians negotiate their way along a sidewalk that has been turned into a food stall strip on Jl. Sudirman, Central Jakarta. Some sidewalks have also become parking areas. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The Jakarta administration has threatened to cut the Jakarta Smart Card (KJP) and Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS) facilities of those caught encroaching on sidewalks.

Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat said he had instructed Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers to note the identity of vendors and motorists who misused the sidewalks, in the spirit of optimizing the function of pedestrian walkways during the Bulan Patuh Trotoar (Orderly Sidewalk Month) operation.

If the violators were in receipt of the facilities, Satpol PP should issue a warning to them, Djarot added.

“If he or she commits the violation [three more times], we will cut the facilities,” Djarot said on Friday as quoted by kompas.com.

Meanwhile, authorities in some areas in Jakarta are still struggling to clear violators from sidewalks. 

In West Jakarta, for instance, some vendors still attempted to occupy the sidewalks in Latumenten and Daan Mogot.

“Some spots, such as in Latumenten and Daan Mogot, need to be monitored. If no Satpol PP officer is in sight, the vendors return to occupy the sidewalks. If they knew we were there, they would leave the sidewalks,” the head of West Jakarta Satpol PP Tamo Sijabat said.

Tamo said that from Aug. 1 to Aug. 17, Satpol PP had caught 1,261 street vendors obstructing sidewalks in West Jakarta. (cal)