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Failure to communicate delays Tanah Abang Skybridge: Ombudsman

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 13, 2018   /   04:45 pm
Failure to communicate delays Tanah Abang Skybridge: Ombudsman Line up: A worker walks near stalls being prepared for street vendors on Tanah Abang Skybridge in Jakarta on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

A failure to communicate about the details of the long-awaited Tanah Abang Skybridge between the city administration and state-owned railway PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) has delayed the completion of the bridge, the Indonesian Ombudsman has said.

Teguh Purnomo, the head of the ombudsman's Jakarta office, said the city administration had yet to have a thorough talk with KAI on the project.

There are at least five things that have yet to be arranged by the Jakarta administration, such as the traffic flow in the area, asset management, a connector between Tanah Abang Station and the skybridge, and the security management.

The ombudsman said the city administration should manage those things properly to alleviate traffic disorder and congestion in the area, which serves as a textile trade hub in Indonesia.

“We don’t want any traffic jams and we want all street vendors to be relocated to the skybridge. There shouldn’t be any more street vendors on the streets,” Teguh said on Monday as quoted by tempo.co.

The development of the skybridge has begun and was supposed to finish in October.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said he would summon the  director of city-owned developer PD Sarana Jaya Pembangunan to talk about the matter. (cal)