Known as the biggest traditional market over South-East Asia, Tanah Abang Market (Indonesian : Pasar Tanah Abang) is also infamous for its horrible environment. I mean it was a challenge for even a normal walkers to step through every sides of Tanah Abang spots in a normal day, due to the hectic neighborhood. And that was including indiscipline traders putting their loads and stances on the street, stubborn public bus drivers waiting for passengers at every point they feel is worth to wait regardless if it will interrupt the traffic on the zone, and perhaps the ignorance of the capital city government that only sporadically went through revitalization program which resulted in one two days of peaceful days and then the heat was on the strike again.
Years by years gone by and it was a status quo. One with motorized vehicle must prepare to have a hard time with the killer traffic in Tanah Abang zone, while others come here to see and buy something might not comfortable (but less-surprised) with the crowded street and pedestrian in this area. The burden proved too high for the Jakarta government in the last decade to even start thinking about a comprehensive solution. Still this Tanah Abang market has one of the biggest money turn-around in the country and the regional.
But during Jokowi-Ahok crowning in the capital city, it was a twist in the tale. Nobody expect it, but Sunday 29th of September 2013 was the day when everybody in this country was shocked in a positive way to see how Jokowi’s silver tongue and Ahok energetic style finally made way to a ‘new Tanah Abang’. All the sellers and their goods were relocated to a more suitable and human places, instead of the roads, pedestrian, and everything. Yes of course, prior to the day they have made a lot of approaching to the sellers, the people reside around the market, ‘senior’ people in and around the market, and the respective government sides. It is such a brilliant diplomatic resolution thanks to the capital government, Jokowi-Ahok.
Well, actually I won’t go further on the policies and the people involved in the story as I was not equipped with a lot of information from credible points of sources. Here I prefer to explicitly show you pictures I took of how Tanah Abang overtures are resulting in a positive way although of course far from perfect. Take some time to see here 🙂
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1. Road from West Jakarta
The road leads to Tanah Abang from Slipi / West Jakarta. Previously it was full of trade-sellers who don’t care with traffic and others thing, but now just look how human the road is now 🙂
2. Small street by the river
Even the small street by the river which is an open market every day, right now it is in an ‘unbelievable’ stage (nobody knows that there is a park near this area, as it was covered by loads of tents and goods)
3. Blok G, place for sellers relocation
Blok G, the ‘new’ market which is the place for most of the stand-sellers relocation (actually this building has been existed years ago, but just revitalized when Jokowi-Ahok are on the helm)
Here is how we see the roads from Blok G Building, imagine how the traders ‘succesfully’ fill up these space. This bridge is newly revitalized to ease the people coming from West Side to go straight to Blok G Building
4. Tanah Abang Railway Station from outside
Even the Tanah Abang railway station has a great face nowadays compared to how hectic the road was before the ‘revolution’
The railways can be seen much clearer than before, still it needs another kick to relocate those illegal residents. Unfortunately they are poor people, so the Government should do more rolling in their heads to find better solution. At least, this view is much better than before..
5. Tanah Abang front row
While it was ‘less’ problematic than the backside of the market (station, river, blok G) but it is still worth to show here how clear the roads are in the front of Tanah Abang market. Unfortunately it was a main road in the city, so the traffic here is at a big portion affected by cars and busses passing through K.H. Mas Mansur street regardless if their intention is to visit Tanah Abang Market or not.
to the North
To the North (2)
to the South, now there is a police stand to cover security issues and help managing traffic during peak hours
6. The roads within
It is very refreshing and healing to see how clear the roads inside Tanah Abang zone right now. My experience, usually it took about 15-30 minutes for a public minibus to get out from Tanah Abang (private cars should sacrifice 10-15 minutes in this case) but with the situation captured in the photos, 5 minutes is more than enough to drive through these roads.
Now all the kind of vehicles can easily pass through this road
A big salute to Jokowi-Ahok to overcome one of the problematic chaos in the capital and provide a spectacular solution as seen on these photos. I really hope this is not just a flash in the pan, just not only under Jokowi governance. Long this may continue 🙂