BATU – Cleaning up public places of street vendors is still on until now. After sweeping the area of Batu Town Square, Satpol PP of Batu is now aiming at five areas which are used as a place for street vendors.
There are more than a hundred of street vendors in those five areas. They are Diponegoro, Sultan Agung, Panglima Sudirman, Pesanggrahan, and Sidomulyo streets.
Those vendors in five areas sell both beverages and non-beverages on the sidewalk up to roadside. “We have planned it. The raid is after Batu Town Square’s. It’s time for the action now,” said the Head of Law Enforcement and Regulation of Satpol PP Batu Yobi Supriadi yesterday (26/5).
However, Yobi did not mention the timing of the raid. He worried that the information will leak and the street vendors prepare to evade before the time and come back when the raid finishes.
Yobi explained that his party had done persuasive actions before the scheduled implementation of the raid such as giving verbal warning to the street vendors. They even gave official warning in the form of letter of reprimand. “But they did not respond the warning,” he said.
Therefore, it is not wrong for his party to conduct a raid, because they have done various standard operating procedures (SOP). “We have persuasively done it. Finally, we have written a reprimand letter in February,” he explained.
The violation perpetrated by street vendors is that they sell on sidewalks that cover public spaces. In addition, some vendors use the car parking lots on the roadside to sell. “Some cars are parked on the shoulder of the road. We will fine them for that,” he said.
According to him, the street vendors are considered to violate Regional Regulation No.5 of 2005 on the arrangement of street vendors. The vendors are punished with light criminal sanctions by paying a maximum fine of IDR 500 thousand or a confinement for six months for the violation. Previously, Satpol PP Batu have staged a raid in Batu Town Square by deploying about 150 joint officers from Satpol PP, Army, and Polices.
Meanwhile, the Head of Satpol PP Batu Rofiq Yunianto asserted, the action is done solely to enforce the rules. “It doesn’t mean that we have nothing to do, but it is for the sake of orderliness,” he said.
The control also aims to reduce the chaos in Batu city, because tourist will be lazy to re-visit Batu if the vendors are not discipline. “Tourism city must be in order and clean. We are afraid that Batu City will be called as a slum city if there are too many street vendors,” added that former Head of Public Relations. (zuk/c1/yak)