Thu, 30 Mar 2000

Kiosks dismantled

BOGOR (JP): The Bogor City Public Order office started on Wednesday to dismantle dozens of temporary kiosks on Jl. Mekah here following th the completion of the once gutted Kebon Kembang market.

The vendors were urged to return to the newly-renovated market. It was destroyed in a fire in 1996.

"We have issued an order for over 2,000 vendors to voluntarily pack up their kiosks. The deadline was on Tuesday," Bogor secretary Ithoc Tohija said on Wednesday.

"The local officials, however, are 'helping' the vendors to move their things and speed up the process," he said.

Many vendors, however, were not ready to move their merchandise.

"The operation took place at the peak of business hours.. so I didn't have a chance to sell my merchandise. Usually I get Rp 100,000 to Rp 200,000 per day," said Ade, a kiosk owner of pet food.

"Well, maybe it's my fate that I have to be patient and follow the order," he said. (24/edt)