The Jakarta administration says that it has issued a gubernatorial decree restricting the issuance of mall construction permits in the city until 2012.
“At the moment, Jakarta has too many malls and shopping centers. They create traffic congestion. So now, we are holding back [from issuing permits],” head of the City Spatial Planning Agency Wiriyatmoko said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.
He said that the current administration was not responsible for the establishment of new malls and shopping centers in the city, as they had obtained building permits from the previous administration and had only begun construction recently.
“The Gandaria City mall in Kebayoran, for example. That mall got its permit in 1996 but because of the crisis, it was built in 2009,” he said.
Jakarta is home to 564 shopping centers, consisting of 132 malls and 432 traditional markets and supermarkets.