Jakarta. Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama said on Monday (26/08) that the Jakarta administration will ban overpass advertisements across the capital, following an incident where three people were killed and six others injured after an overpass collapsed onto three cars in the South Jakarta subdistrict of Pasar Minggu on Saturday.
Ahok is considering proposing a gubernatorial decree that will ban advertising agencies from installing billboards on overpasses as it has the potential to trigger a collapse during heavy rains and strong winds. The proposal to do so is also likely prompted by a separate incident on Sunday after strong winds collapsed a billboard in south Kemang causing a blackout nearby.
If the decree were to be issued, it would only apply after advertisement contract terms have been fulfilled.
“When the contract has ended, we will build an overpass like the one we have at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle. So, the bridge must be clear and open, there will be no billboards that disrupt the airflow. This will also address incidents involving robbery and sexual abuse,” Ahok said at Jakarta City Hall.
Ahok added, all overpasses that are used by TransJakarta passengers will now be managed by the Jakarta Transportation Agency. Ahok also said that he rejected several proposals from advertising agencies who offered to repair the broken bridges in exchange for billboard permits.
The Jakarta administration will also inspect all overpasses across the city before proposing that they be repaired. If deemed unsuitable, the repair costs will be funded by both the regional budget and the developer.