The Jakarta Post
Passengers say the addition of a green lane on Jl. Sudirman in South Jakarta is blocking them from gaining access to public transportation.
They said they do not know whether to walk to the other side of the sidewalk, which is grassless, or to just step on the green lane’s grass.
“I need to walk around to the other side [after getting off a bus] to get to the sidewalk. It was so much simpler before,” said passenger Ario as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.
Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno said the green lane was part of the sidewalk revamp on Jl. Sudirman and Jl. MH Thamrin for the Asian Games.
“[The expanded] sidewalks have been covered by grass and other plants. This is part of the beautification strategy for the Games,” he added.
Sandiaga said the city would pave a footpath connecting the bus stop to the shoulder of the road. “We’ll do that after the Games.”
A part of the sidewalk on Jl. Sudirman was recently damaged after a bus drove over it in front of Atmajaya University.
“I don’t know if the bus driver did that intentionally or not. He drove his bus over the sidewalk and destroyed some blocks,” Sandiaga said.
He suggested that people should be careful and work together to take care of the newly beautified sidewalks. (vla)