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Jakarta to renovate more sidewalks to keep you walking

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, August 28, 2019   /  03:10 pm
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A worker cleans a sidewalk on Jl. Sudirman in Central Jakarta on Thursday. The sidewalk is one of those several revamped by the Jakarta administration last year. (The Jakarta Post/Donny Fernando)

In an attempt to encourage people to walk and use public transportation instead of relying on private vehicles, the Jakarta administration plans to revitalize more sidewalks. The endeavor is part of city’s strategy to curb worsening pollution, as mandated by Gubernatorial Instruction No. 66/2019 on air quality. Jakarta Bina Marga road agency head Hari Nugroho said the city aimed to overhaul sidewalks on at least 25 roads in 2020. “The instruction says 25 [roads], but we’re ready to do 31,” he said at a press conference, noting that the city would allocate Rp 1.1 trillion (US$77 million) to the project. “As [Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan] said, we should prioritize sidewalks near public transportation services like the MRT, Transjakarta, LRT and commuter train [stations]," he added. Next year’s projects will focus on sidewalks ...