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Jakarta-Bandung railway project stuck in land acquisition stage

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Jakarta | Fri, March 16, 2018 | 04:49 pm
Jakarta-Bandung railway project stuck in land acquisition stage President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (left) inspects a model of the high-speed train that will connect Jakarta and Bandung, on Jan. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

The National Land Agency (BPN)/Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry has found maladministration in the acquisition of land for the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project.

Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry Land Procurement Director General Arie Yuriwin said in Jakarta on Friday that some of the acquired land was not on the route for the railway tracks and was, in fact, located in industrial, residential or even green buffer zones that could not be acquired for the project.

He said the land had been acquired through business-to-business (B-to-B) agreements before PT Kereta Api Indonesia China (PT KCIC) had obtained the spatial planning document and location permit from the BPN.

“What’s worse is that the land is located outside the track. So we cannot issue the location permit,” Arie said, as reported by tribunnews.com, adding that the BPN also could not issue location permits for land in green buffer zones.

He revealed that maladministration was suspected in the acquisition process for 1,838 plots of land.

Arie stressed that third parties, appointed to acquire land for certain projects, had to obtain location permits before starting the acquisition process, as otherwise they may acquire wrong land.

He said KCIC also had to acquire land in the area of Halim Perdanakusuma airport owned by the Indonesian Air Force, not just lease it, because that was not in accordance with prevailing regulations. “The land for such a project should be acquired,” he added. (bbn)

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