The program to revitalize old bajaj (3-wheeled public transportation) to gas-fueled bajaj (BBG) in Jakarta keeps being conducted by Jakarta Provincial Government. In cooperation with PT Matahari Trans which will be the operator of revitalized bajaj, as many as 203 units of old bajajs will be scrapped on a land in Pulogebang Permai, Pulogebang Urban Village, Cakung Sub-District, East Jakarta.
“Since May 6, 2013, 103 bajajs are destroyed. Today we have destroyed 203 bajajs. So its total reaches 306 bajajs,” said PT Matahari Trans Director, Yunus Haddinotto, Monday (5/20).
Haddinotto added, those old bajajs will be replaced with gas-fueled bajaj. According to him, 2,000 out of 3,500 gas-fueled bajajs are ready to be used.
“Since 3 months ago until today, 654 are out from recommendation, which its letter have been validated to be exchanged with gas-fueled bajajs. While for 3,500 fulfillment, we are working hard to realize them as soon as possible,” he explained.
Hadinoto explained the owner of old bajajs who would like to participate in his revitalization program must provide comprehensive credentials besides the bajaj itself. In order to barter with the new bajaj worth for Rp 59.4 million, the owners must deposit at least Rp 23 million. "It is up to them whether to pay the rest up front or mortgage it," furthered Hadinoto.
Meanwhile Head of Non Trajectory Public Transportation Section, Edi Syufa’at disclosed since 2006 until 2011, 2,755 bajajs were rejuvenated, “This year 3,500 bajajs are targeted to be rejuvenated,” he said.
The revitalization is to ensure the public transportation would be eco-friendly and no longer cause air pollution. In order to implement the revitalization Jakarta Government is cooperating with 2 operators, namely, PT Matahari Trans and Koperasi Bajaj Sehati. "Bajaj owners should participate in this program through the operators. Operators will select the bajajs submitted to them," he told.
Andi, (28), a bajaj entrepreneur in East Jakarta who have 80 fleets, positively welcomed with rejuvenation program. He expressed despite he must pay Rp 23 million per unit as a down payment, but he did not object it. “I agree because besides blue bajajs, its quality may also reduce pollution,” he finished.