Jakarta to pay for education of footbridge victim's children
Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta administration will take responsibility for the recent collapse of a footbridge in South Jakarta and bear educational costs for the children of one of the victims, Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama said on Monday.
Three people died and six were injured after a pedestrian bridge collapsed in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, during heavy rains on Saturday. The deceased victims were Sri Hartati, 52, Sri's granddaughter Aisyah Zahra Ramadhani, 8, and Lilis Lestari Pancawati, 43, all from Depok, West Java.
Lilis was a widow and is survived by two children, who are students at junior high and elementary school.
"If the children have no family who can bear their tuition fees, we will pay for them even though they are Depok residents," Ahok said at City Hall on Monday, adding that he had asked the city's health agency to check on the injured victims.
Ahok said he had instructed his staff to audit all footbridges in Jakarta and to demolish any bridges in unacceptable condition to prevent a similar incident occurring again.
The city administration will use compensation funds from developers for new bridges in the city and to speed up construction. It would take longer for the city administration to improve footbridges as it would have to tender the project, Ahok claimed. (rin)
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