The Jakarta Post
The planned revamp of sidewalks along Jl. Sudirman and Jl. MH Thamrin for the 2018 Asian Games will include the laying of andesite paving stones.
Director of PT MRT Jakarta, the company in charge of the renovation, William Sabandar said he hoped residents would protect the sidewalks from vandalism because the stones were expensive and had to be imported from China.
“We have to protect this together. Jakarta must learn to be able to have nice things,” William said on Thursday as reported by kompas.com.
He said CCTV cameras would also be installed along the sidewalks to prevent vandalism in the area.
William added that if the andesite stones were damaged they would have to be replaced, which would be expensive.
He said the section of the sidewalk that PT MRT Jakarta would renovate was only 1.2 kilometers, and would cost Rp 150 billion (US$ 10,450), consultant company PT Arkonin had designed the sidewalk, he added.
Besides PT MRT Jakarta, two other companies in charge of the renovation are PT Mitra Panca Persada and PT Keppel Land.
William said the stones were imported from China because the suppliers there were able to provide a sufficient quantity.
He said the stones would be arranged in a striated motif in a pattern called Sabuk Nusantara (Archiepelago Belt). (ami)