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Pedestrian upgrade project in Cikini hurts business revenue

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, September 6, 2019   /  07:50 am
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A worker removes stones from a demolished sidewalk in Cikini, Central Jakarta. The Cikini sidewalk revitalization project, for which the city has allocated Rp 75 billion (US$5.2 million) from its budget, is expected to be completed in December this year.(The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Business owners have seen their operations disrupted and revenue drop by up to 50 percent recently because of the sidewalk renovation along Jl. Cikini Raya in Central Jakarta, which included cable reinstallation that caused an internet and power blackout. Overhead cables, consisting of electricity cables and fiber optic cables belonging to various companies, were removed and reinstalled underground. The process reportedly affected businesses in the area by disrupting internet and telecommunication services as well as causing a power blackout. Coworking space KeKini cofounder Felencia told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday that her business had to endure the internet service interruption and power blackout from Aug. 27 until Sept. 1. The company rented a power generator to anticipate the situation. But it turned out the power outage did not happen that day, she said. Her company als...