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Court ruling returns sidewalks to pedestrians

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 24 2019   /  12:35 am
Sidewalk occupation: Shoppers walk along a sidewalk crowded with street vendors near Tanah Abang Market in Central Jakarta on May 23. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Jakarta administration must ensure sidewalks are clear for pedestrians.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Sidewalk occupation: Shoppers walk along a sidewalk crowded with street vendors near Tanah Abang Market in Central Jakarta on May 23. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Jakarta administration must ensure sidewalks are clear for pedestrians.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)The Supreme Court has annulled a bylaw that allowed vendors to set up on selected roads and sidewalks, sparking hope among urban activists in Jakarta that sidewalks in a number of major business and retail centers will once again be available to pedestrians. The move drew praise from Pedestrian Coalition head Alfred Sitorus, who also urged the Jakarta administration to start removing street vendors from the capital’s sidewalks.“The city administration should immediately respond to the ruling to avoid conflicts between pedestrians and street vendors in the capital city, as the latter now has no legal basis to sell their products...