The Jakarta Post
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has said that, according to a study, pedestrians are the cause of traffic congestion in the Tanah Abang business area in Central Jakarta.
“That [conclusion] is based on research,” Anies said at City Hall on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com. However, he did not state which study was used as a reference.
Previously, Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno said pedestrians were the second biggest cause of the chaos in Tanah Abang, as many people flocked the area, which caused traffic jams.
Sandiaga made this comment after seeing aerial photos of Tanah Abang on Monday morning.
According to Sandiaga, road development was the biggest cause of traffic jams, followed by pedestrians and angkot (public minivans), which park along the roads waiting for passengers.
Contrary to criticism that street vendors contributed to the chaos, Sandiaga said they did not affect congestion significantly because they numbered only around 300.
“The number of street vendors is under 300, so if we organize them, it is not extraordinary compared to those on Cengkeh, of which there are some 400 to 500,” Sandiaga said, referring to street vendors in the Old Town complex in West Jakarta, who were relocated to Jl. Cengkeh for urban planning during the administration of former governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. (wnd)