Basuki Aims to Relocate Plant Vendors from Sidewalks
The City government’s efforts to relocate street vendors to dedicated centers will be extended to plant sellers, Deputy Governor Basuki said on Wednesday.
“We will do it gradually, so it won’t be open war,” Basuki said at City Hall. “It will be good if the plant vendors leave the sidewalks voluntarily… It’s not allowed and it violates regulation.”
The program to move street vendors, which was primarily motivated by the need to unblock traffic congestion, continues to implemented in several parts of the city, most notably in Tanah Abang, but the new announcement is aimed at clearing space for pedestrian traffic.
According to Basuki, the government will slowly begin clearing sidewalk plant vendors from neighborhoods such as Senayan, Ragunan, Fatmawati and Pulomas.
He said that all vendors who violate the 2011 regulation against selling on sidewalks would be moved on, but not until the government finished clearing street vendors from Jakarta’s market areas.
The city government hopes that plant vendors will move to areas of parks specifically intended for plant selling. Pluit Dam Park in North Jakarta is one such park.
“We understand that vendors should be close with the buyers,” said Basuki “We’re not against street vendors, we know that street vendors support Jakarta’s economy.”