The Jakarta Post
Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno has said he will approach the owners of office buildings in the Melawai business district in South Jakarta, in a bid to encourage them to accommodate street vendors occupying sidewalks on Jl. Sunan Ampel and Jl. Adityawarman I.
Sandiaga said he hoped the building owners could accommodate the vendors as many office employees relied on them for affordable meals, as several buildings in the area did not have cafeterias, he said.
Apart from that, residents in the area also relied on street vendors for affordable meals, he said.
“I will ask the building owners whether they are willing to accommodate the vendors,” Sandiaga told kompas.com on Thursday.
The city administration has registered 75 street vendors in the area.
Sandiaga has promised to allow street vendors to operate on sidewalks despite a prevailing regulation prohibiting them from doing so to maintain the livelihoods of the vendors.
It was previously reported that the street vendors had put up One District One Center (OK OCE) entrepreneurship program banners on their tents.
However, the city administration removed the banners on Tuesday afternoon because none of the vendors were OK OCE members.
Pedestrian Coalition chairman Alfred Sitorus has criticized Sandiaga’s statement, saying the need for affordable meals is not a good enough reason to allow street vendors to operate on sidewalks.
The city administration should provide other spaces for the vendors and comply with a prevailing regulation on public order and the Traffic Law, he added. (cal)