Bank DKI to operate mobile branches at ‘rusunawa’
The Jakarta Post
City-owned lender Bank DKI will operate five mobile branches to visit dozens of rusunawa (low-cost apartments) in Jakarta to help residents pay their rental fees, a Bank DKI executive said on Friday.
Residents of rusunawa are obliged to deposit their rent at Bank DKI, but out of 23 such apartments spread across the capital, only seven have Bank DKI branches.
“We will operate our mobile branches until all rusunawa in the city possess their own Bank DKI branches,” Bank DKI business director Antonius Widodo Mulyono said at City Hall on Friday as quoted by kompas.com.
The bank, Antonius said, was set to open branches at two to four more rusunawa by the end of this year.
Rent arrears at low-cost apartments in Jakarta amounted to Rp 32 billion (US$2.4 million) as of June this year. Some tenants have cited the lack of Bank DKI branches at rusunawa as one of the reasons why many fail to pay their rent.
The majority of residents who do not pay rent are evictees of infrastructure projects, including that of river restorations. The residents find it difficult to get back on their feet after being relocated to a completely new environment. (vny)
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