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Asian Games ticket booths set up to keep sidewalk clear: Ministry

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 6, 2018   /   07:31 pm
Asian Games ticket booths set up to keep sidewalk clear: Ministry A row of Asian Games ticket booths block tactile paving for the disabled on Jl. Pintu Satu Senayan in Central Jakarta on Aug. 5. (Tempo/M Yusuf Manurung)

Six Asian Games ticket booths blocking a bicycle lane and tactile paving on a sidewalk near Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex in Central Jakarta have been placed there intentionally to keep the sidewalk clear, an official has said.

"Bicyclists and people with impairments are not actually allowed to pass there during the Games," said Iwan Suprijanto, the building management director at the Public Works and Housing Ministry's Cipta Karya, as reported by tempo.co on Sunday. 

He said the location would be dedicated to Games' ticket sales and motorists would be prohibited from entering the area.

He added that his office had advised the Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) to contact the police to arrange closure of the road. 

"However, the traffic police suggested that the closure be carried out on Aug. 14," he said. 

The placement of the ticket booths has sparked criticism from members of the public, including the Pedestrian Coalition.

Alfred Sitorus, coordinator of the coalition, said the booths do not belong on a sidewalk. (fac)