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BECAK REPLACEMENT

Bajaj


This is Bajaj that is supposed to be replacement for becak in Jakarta. The Jakartans, or Indonesians in general, can not pronounced it correctly. They pronounce this odd vehicle: ba-jay. Originally from India, this three wheeler was first introduced to Jakartans in 1970s. Outside Jakarta, Bajaj can only be seen in Banjarmasin (South Kalimantan). In India and Bangladesh it is a popular form of transportation. I once rode in a Delhi (India) bajaj and was surprised because the vehical has a meter, similar to taxi-meter. Similar vehicle can be found in Thailand: samlor or tuk-tuk. The Thai three-wheeler, however, has Japanese machine and sometimes fueled by gas to reduce pollution. The Jakarta bajajs are amongst the worst polluters.In the Philippines I've seen several bajajs. To my knowledge they are not used for public transportation. In the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines, bajajs are used by the campus police.


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