New roads are killing the trees, graffiti says
A graffiti spray painted in red has captured public disenchantment over the City Administration’s move to construct elevated roads on Jl.Antasari, South Jakarta: “Demi Fly Over Pohon Game Over” (It’s game over for the trees for the sake of the flyover roads).
According to Kompas.com, at least 554 trees along the road are predicted to be cut down to make way for the project.
The Administration said that it would compensate for the felling of trees along that road as well as the ones to be cut down for the elevated roads in Jl. Casablanca, also in South Jakarta, by replacing each felled tree with 10 new ones.
Jakarta has around 6,500 hectares of green space, which constitutes around 9.8 percent of the city’s total area.
This is far less than the required area of green space set out in the 2007 Law on Spatial Planning, which stipulates that at least 30 percent of the city should be set aside as green space.