Hasyim Widhiarto, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 03/18/2010 4:22 PM
Despite massive protest over the city administration’s plan to remove all fowl slaughterhouses from inner city areas, Jakarta husbandry, fishery and maritime agency have ensured they would execute the plan right on schedule.
“There will be no delay on the relocation plan,” agency head Edy Setiarto told a press briefing Friday.
“We are now working to prepare the five official slaughterhouses, physically and systematically, as well as registering vendors who sign up for the relocation.”
Earlier this week, vendors staged a large protest outside the City Council to denounce feared job losses and declining income ahead the plan to relocate fowl slaughterhouses as mandated by a 2007 bylaw on bird control.
The relocation will start on April. 24.
Under the bylaw, only five city-appointed slaughterhouses will be allowed to operate – in Rawa Kepiting, Cakung and Pulo Gadung in East Jakarta; in North Petukangan in South Jakarta, and the privately owned PT Kartika Eka Dharma in West Jakarta . Some are still under construction.