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JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – While still serving as Governor of DKI Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama repeatedly revealed his plan to widen the sidewalks on Jalan Sudirman and Jalan MH Thamrin.
The man who is familiarly called Ahok wanted the sidewalk along Jalan Sudirman-Thamrin widened to about 9-10 meters. After that, managers of multi-storey buildings were asked to dismantle the fence so it could be used for cafes.
However, until Ahok was detained in Mako Brimob, Kelapa Dua, the construction of the sidewalks was not seen.
Yesterday, Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat reworked the sidewalk development plan in a leadership meeting. Djarot said there will be a launching of the sidewalk widening that will be held on car free day event.
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Alsadad Rudi Governor of DKI Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama when launching a cafe named JakBistro at City Hall, Monday (17/10/2016). "God willing on October 8, Sunday, I ask for the time of the CFD declaration, so that there is a picture of our sidewalks until 2018 like what, "said Djarot at City Hall of DKI Jakarta, Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan, Monday (18/09/2017).
The widening of this sidewalk will use the building floor coefficient fund (KLB) of two developers, PT Mitra Panca Persada and PT Kepland Investama.
Jakarta Secretary Saefullah estimates that the pavement will be completed in July 2018.
"This will be a pilot sidewalk," Saefullah said.
Due to the widening of the sidewalk, the road along Jalan Sudirman-Thamrin will decrease. Therefore, the Provincial Government of DKI Jakarta will eliminate fast and slow line boundaries along the road. The trees that grow in the area will also be moved."We apologize to the community because there are thousands of trees that will be done penopingan (pruning of leaves) in the near future and then moved," said Saefullah.
The trees will be transferred to other land which is also owned by Jakarta Provincial Government such as BMW Park. Saefullah aware of the existence of the trees has been improving the air quality in Jalan Sudirman-Thamrin.
Therefore, DKI Jakarta Provincial Government will also look for a place not far from the area to be planted with trees moved from Jalan Sudirman-Thamrin.
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Remove the guardrail
The city administration also wants the building managers to remove their guardrail. This is so pedestrians can move on the sidewalk with more comfortable again.
"Later there will be no fence restrictions between the building and the road, and if there is one that is green, there is no wall fence between one building and the other," Saefullah said.
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At the time of the declaration, the building managers will be invited to explain the concept of widening the sidewalk on Jalan Sudirman-Thamrin.
Saefullah hopes they can support the program of DKI Jakarta Provincial Government. Moreover, there are many benefits to be received by companies that exist along Jalan Sudirman-MH Thamrin. One of them is access road they are crossed by two public transportation modes namely mass rapit transit (MRT) and Transjakarta.
"Local governments can appeal to and invite the participation of all entrepreneurs to build together, because later I say there will be a big program, a torotar example that is useful for everyone," Saefullah said.