The Jakarta Post
After becoming the subject of public criticism for blocking commuters’ access to public transportation, the grass strips next to sidewalks along Jl. Sudirman in South Jakarta will be removed after the Asian Games, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has said.
Anies said the 2.5-meter wide green spaces were not permanent. “We prepared the grass [strip] because it was easy to construct. We have not finished [the sidewalk revamp]. It is just temporary,” he said as quoted by kompas.com on Wednesday.
The grass strips, which were installed recently as part of the effort to tidy up the appearance of the city before the Asian Games, separate the sidewalk from the main road and require bus passengers to cross over them to board buses. The number of commuters walking across the area has resulted in the trampling and destruction of the plants.
The long-planned sidewalk expansion along Jl. Sudirman and Jl. MH Thamrin was previously set to begin late last year, however, work on the project began in March, as Anies had requested that several changes be made. (gis)