National Monument (Monas) visitors are complaining the condition of portable toilets that are dirty and smell. Ironically, they still have to pay Rp 2,000 per use for urinate or defecate.
"The toilet is dirty and smell. I always pinch my nose when entering the toilet. Related unit does not seem to care about the toilet condition "
Based on beritajakarta.com observations, six out of nine toilets can still be used, while the other three toilets are broken and utilized as goods storages by street vendors. Those six toilets are located on the west side, Indosat entrance, north side of Monas or precisely in front of the State Palace, and near Jalan Veteran.
Every toilet is guarded by one person whose job is collecting fee from every visitor using the toilet. Besides dirty and smell, many parts of those toilets have perforated. As a result, women are worried that people outside the toilet would have a peek.
“The toilet is dirty and smell. I always pinch my nose when entering the toilet. Related unit does not seem to care about the toilet condition. Get real the toilets in tourism place like this are smelly, dirty, and filthy,” complained Izal (28), one of Monas visitors, Saturday (6/7).
He also questioned Jakarta Cleanliness Department, as the owner of portable toilets in Monas, charges the people using the toilets. He assessed that is should have been free of charge because the residents have paid tax quite high.
Similar complaint was also expressed by Dewi Ayu (27), another Monas visitor. She admitted that she is really disturbed by the existence of portable toilets around Monas that are spreading foul smell.
“The smell wafted up until outside, especially when I passed in front of it,” she lamented.
When being confirmed about this matter via cell phone, Deputy Head of Jakarta Cleanliness Department, Isnawa Adji, admitted does not know about the poor condition of portable toilets in Monas.
“I don’t know, but I’ll check it soon. Those toilets were initially provided over the request of an event organizer that was going to hold an event in Monas,” he uttered.