The administration of Bali’s capital of Denpasar will no longer issue new permits of minimarkets. In the view of the city’s municipal leaders, the 295 minimarkets already in operation in the city are more than enough and threatens the future existence of traditional markets.
Quoted in Kompas.com, the head of Denpasar’s licensing and permit office, AA Gede Rai Soryawan, said, “many minimarkets are located close to traditional markets and are selling basic commodities to the public who prefer the convenience and cleanliness (of the minimarkets).”
There are 59 traditional markets in Denpasar. The sudden surge in minimarkets across the city is impeding efforts by the municipal administration to revitalize traditional markets.
By the beginning of 2012, the Denpasar government had managed to establish 353 traders in a revitalized Pasar Agung.
The municipal government of Denpasar has given a time limit to 295 minimarkets to renew their permits before March 12, 2012. Those markets unable to meet licensing requirements will be given an additional five years to operate after which they must close.
Soryawan explained that the Denpasar government couldn’t immediately close the errant minimarkets because the problematic minimarkets provide employment for their staff.
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